ˌan-tē-ˈtaŋk How to pronounce anti-tank (audio)
variants or antitank
: designed to destroy or check tanks
an anti-tank missile
antitank mines

Examples of anti-tank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During a training exercise in southern Ukraine in May 2023, a drone pilot maneuvered a flier to a height of 100 meters before dropping a dummy anti-tank grenade on to a pile of tires. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Apr. 2024 Iran encouraged the Shi’ite Muslim fighters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah to keep firing rockets and anti-tank shells at northern Israel since last October, compelling tens of thousands of Israelis to leave their homes and reside temporarily in hotels and communities many miles away. Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 The slats might help mitigate strikes by drones and handheld anti-tank weapons, but heavier munitions should blast right through. David Axe, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 An anti-tank missile fired into Margaliot on March 4 killed a farm laborer from India and injured seven more foreign workers, according to the Israeli military. Isabel Kershner Sergey Ponomarev, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 These include Stinger missiles to target aircraft, which Russia has increasingly used to support ground assaults, artillery rounds to keep Russian troops at bay and anti-tank weapons to repel mechanized assaults. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Since Hamas’ attack on Israel Oct. 7, raids on camps have increased tenfold, with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) deploying snipers, anti-tank missiles, and drone-strike assassinations. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Mar. 2024 The company’s biggest customer is the Swedish government, which announced another package of military support for Ukraine last week, including donations of artillery ammunition and anti-tank weapons. Anna Cooban, CNN, 24 Feb. 2024 On the right side of the turret there’s a launcher for two Spike LR fire-and-forget top-attack anti-tank missiles ranging up to three miles. David Axe, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-tank was in 1916

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“Anti-tank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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: designed to destroy or stop tanks
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