tank car


Definition of tank car

: a railroad car for transporting liquids or gases in bulk

Examples of tank car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An empty tank car on the train had been carrying liquid ammonia nitrate. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 The industry scaled back orders of chips last spring when the pandemic seemed poised to tank car sales, but now many car manufacturers are unable to secure enough supplies due to competition from other industries. WSJ, 14 May 2021 One tank car leaked several thousand gallons of denatured alcohol, a substance similar to ethanol, before firefighters and BNSF hazmat specialists were able to enter the car and stop it, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Evacuations continued for hours as officials tie to determine the threat of the more of the chemical nitrogen tetroxide being released into the air of the rupture of another tank car with the same substance next to the one that imploded. NOLA.com, 27 Oct. 2020 Bogalusa Medical Center, close to the scene of the accident, was in danger of being evacuated too, due to the threat of a toxic chemical cloud resulting from the implosion of a railroad tank car. NOLA.com, 27 Oct. 2020 That work slowed on Friday, when two workers were splashed with cyclohexanone while disconnecting a hose from the tank car. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2020 The contract workers were both splashed with cyclohexanone while disconnecting a hose from the tank car filled with the chemical, according to Tempe Fire Department Assistant Chief Andrea Glass. Helena Wegner, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2020 One tank car leaked 500 gallons of the chemical after derailment before officials secured the car Wednesday night, according to Tempe Fire and Medical Chief Greg Ruiz. Chelsea Curtis, USA TODAY, 29 July 2020

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First Known Use of tank car

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Tank car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tank%20car. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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