tank car


: a railroad car for transporting liquids or gases in bulk

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Chemical makers are also packing tank car fleets to maximize available space and pushing for a faster return of tank cars for speedier turnaround. Matt Egan, CNN, 29 Nov. 2022 The nomination included tank car, boxcar and caboose. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 5 Feb. 2023.

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