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Factories and industrial buildings

abattoir

noun

a place where animals are killed for meat

blast furnace

noun

a large industrial container in which rock containing metal is heated to a very high temperature so that the liquid metal flows out of the rock

boatyard

noun

a place for making, repairing, or keeping small boats

brickworks

noun

a place where bricks are made

cannery

noun

a factory where food is put into cans

chimney stack

noun

a very tall chimney on a factory or other large building

cooling tower

noun

a tall round structure where water used in an industrial process is made less hot so that it can be used again

derrick

noun

a tall tower built over an oil well that is used for raising and lowering the drill (=the tool that makes the hole in the ground)

factory

noun

a building or group of buildings where large quantities of goods are produced using machines

foundry

noun

a factory where metal or glass is heated and made into different objects

gasholder

noun

a gasometer

gasometer

noun

a very large metal container or structure, used for storing gas before it is carried through pipes to buildings

gasworks

noun

a factory where gas for fuel is produced

knacker’s yard

noun

a place where old or injured horses are killed

mill

noun

a building where grain is made into flour

mill

noun

a factory where a product such as cotton, wool, or steel is made

oast house

noun

a round building with a pointed roof where hops (=seeds for making beer) are dried

plant

noun

a factory that produces power, or processes chemicals etc

plant

noun

a factory that makes cars, machines, equipment etc

pottery

noun

a factory where pottery is made

power plant

noun

a power station

power station

noun

a large building that contains machines which produce power, especially electricity

refinery

noun

a factory where things are removed from a natural substance to make it pure

rolling mill

noun

a factory where metal is rolled into large sheets, or a machine that does this

sawmill

noun

a building where wood is cut into boards using machines

sewage works

noun

a place where waste substances are treated with chemicals to make them less harmful

shipyard

noun

a place where ships are built or repaired

shipyard

noun

a business that deals with building and repairing ships

shop

noun

a business where something is made or repaired

shop

noun

a workshop 2

silo

noun

a large underground structure for storing or protecting something

slaughterhouse

noun

a building where animals are killed for their meat

smelter

noun

a furnace used for heating rock to remove the metal that it contains, or a factory where this is done

smokestack

noun

a tall structure on a factory or ship through which smoke rises

steelworks

noun

a factory where steel is made and steel products are produced

sweatshop

noun

a factory where people work very hard in bad conditions and earn very little money

tannery

noun

a place where animal skins are made into leather

timber yard

noun

a place where you can buy wood

water mill

noun

a building with a large wheel that is turned by water from a river to produce energy to make a machine work

water tower

noun

a tower used for storing and supplying water in a particular area

windmill

noun

a tall building with sails (=long pieces of wood or metal) that turn in the wind and produce power to crush grain or produce electricity

works

noun

a factory

workshop

noun

a room or building where things are made using tools and machines

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