tank car

noun

: a railroad car for transporting liquids or gases in bulk

Examples of tank car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The head of the NTSB has said her agency’s investigation determined the vent-and-burn wasn’t necessary because the tank cars were actually starting to cool off, confirming that a dangerous reaction wasn’t happening inside them — something the chemical company had tried to tell officials. Josh Funk, Fortune, 15 May 2024 But the people who made the decision to blow open those tank cars said they were never told what OxyVinyls’ experts determined. Josh Funk, Fortune, 15 May 2024 Two tank cars also derailed, but nothing was leaking. Aaron Valdez, The Enquirer, 21 Apr. 2024 The head of the National Transportation Safety Board said recently that her agency's investigation showed that the vent and burn of the vinyl chloride was unnecessary because the company that produced that chemical was sure no dangerous chemical reaction was happening inside the tank cars. CBS News, 9 Apr. 2024 The conductor helped separate undamaged tank cars filled with crude oil from the rest of the train so they could be pulled away from the fire. Josh Funk, Quartz, 2 Apr. 2024 The contamination concerns were exacerbated by the decision to blow open five tank cars filled with vinyl chloride and burn that toxic chemical three days after the derailment. CBS News, 9 Apr. 2024 The head of the National Transportation Safety Board said recently that her agency’s investigation showed that the vent and burn of the vinyl chloride was unnecessary because the company that produced that chemical was sure no dangerous chemical reaction was happening inside the tank cars. Josh Funk, Fortune, 9 Apr. 2024 The officials who made the decision to release the vinyl chloride — Ohio's governor and the local fire chief leading the response — decided that releasing and burning it was safer than risking a tank car or more exploding. Josh Funk, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tank car was in 1862

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“Tank car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tank%20car. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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