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tank

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noun \ˈtaŋk\

Simple Definition of tank

  • : a container for holding a liquid or gas

  • : the amount that a tank will hold

  • : a military vehicle that moves on two large metal belts with wheels inside them and that is covered in heavy armor

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tank

  1. 1 dial :  pond, pool; especially :  one built as a water supply

  2. 2 :  a usually large receptacle for holding, transporting, or storing liquids (as water or fuel)

  3. 3 :  an enclosed heavily armed and armored combat vehicle that moves on tracks

  4. 4 :  a prison cell or enclosure used especially for receiving prisoners

  5. 5 :  tank top

tankful play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun
tanklike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
in the tank or into the tank
  1. :  in or into a decline or slump <the sullen student's grades went into the tank>

Origin of tank

Portuguese tanque, alteration of estanque, from estancar to stanch, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *stanticare — more at stanch


First Known Use: 1609


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tank

verb

Simple Definition of tank

  • : to be very unsuccessful : to fail completely

  • : to make no effort to win a contest (such as a tennis match) : to deliberately lose a game, match, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tank

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to place, store, or treat in a tank

    2. 2 :  to make no effort to win :  lose intentionally <tanked the match>

    3. intransitive verb
    4. 1 :  to lose intentionally :  give up in competition

    5. 2 :  to suffer rapid decline, failure, or collapse <bought a stock that quickly tanked>

    Examples of tank in a sentence

    1. Some people say she deliberately tanked the match.

    2. Some people have accused her of tanking.



    1863

    First Known Use of tank

    1863



    TANK Defined for Kids

    tank

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    noun \ˈtaŋk\

    Definition of tank for Students

    1. 1 :  an often large container for a liquid <water tank> <fish tank>

    2. 2 :  an enclosed combat vehicle that has heavy armor and guns and a tread which is an endless belt





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