noun \ˈtaŋk\

: 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

Full Definition of TANK

dial :  pond, pool; especially :  one built as a water supply
:  a usually large receptacle for holding, transporting, or storing liquids (as water or fuel)
:  an enclosed heavily armed and armored combat vehicle that moves on tracks
:  a prison cell or enclosure used especially for receiving prisoners
:  tank top
tank·ful \-ˌfl\ noun
tank·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
in the tank or into the tank
:  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



: 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.

Full Definition of TANK

transitive verb
:  to place, store, or treat in a tank
:  to make no effort to win :  lose intentionally <tanked the match>
intransitive verb
:  to lose intentionally :  give up in competition
:  to suffer rapid decline, failure, or collapse <bought a stock that quickly tanked>

Examples of TANK

  1. Some people say she deliberately tanked the match.
  2. Some people have accused her of tanking.

First Known Use of TANK

May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
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