oil shale
noun Date: 1873 a rock (as shale) from which oil can be recovered by distillation

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  • oil shale — oil′ shale n. gel a black or dark brown shale or siltstone rich in bitumens, from which shale oil is obtained • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • oil shale — n. shale containing hydrocarbons which can be extracted, esp. by distillation …   English World dictionary

  • Oil shale — For the scientific technical journal, see Oil Shale (journal). Not to be confused with Shale oil or Tight oil. Oil shale Sedimentary Rock Combustion of oil shale Composition …   Wikipedia

  • oil shale — Geol. a black or dark brown shale or siltstone rich in bitumens, from which shale oil is obtained by destructive distillation. [1870 75] * * * Any fine grained sedimentary rock that contains solid organic matter (kerogen) and yields significant… …   Universalium

  • oil shale — noun shale from which oil can be obtained by heating • Hypernyms: ↑shale * * * noun : shale from which oil may be produced by distillation * * * Geol. a black or dark brown shale or siltstone rich in bitumens, from which shale oil is obtained by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • oil shale — noun a dark brown or black shale, from which petroleum like hydrocarbons can be produced by distillation See Also: shale oil …   Wiktionary

  • oil shale — /ˈɔɪl ʃeɪl/ (say oyl shayl) noun shale containing such a proportion of hydrocarbons as to be capable of yielding mineral oils on slow distillation …   Australian English dictionary

  • Oil shale —   A sedimentary rock containing kerogen, a solid organic material.   U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration s Energy Glossary   ***   A type of rock containing organic matter that produces large amounts of oil when heated to high …   Energy terms

  • oil shale — noun fine grained sedimentary rock from which oil can be extracted …   English new terms dictionary

  • Oil shale extraction — is an industrial process in which kerogen mdash;a mixture of organic chemical compounds (including hydrocarbons) found in oil shale mdash;is converted into synthetic crude oil through pyrolysis. In pyrolysis, oil shale is heated in the absence of …   Wikipedia

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