from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An industrial plant for purifying a crude substance, such as petroleum or sugar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A building, or a mass of machinery, used to produce refined products such as sugar, oil, or metals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The building and apparatus for refining or purifying, esp. metals and sugar.
- n. A furnace in which cast iron is refined by the action of a blast on the molten metal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place or establishment where some substance, as petroleum, is refined; specifically, in metallurgy, a place where metals are refined. See refine and finery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an industrial plant for purifying a crude substance
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