tanker

noun
tank·er | \ˈtaŋ-kər \

Definition of tanker 

1a : a cargo ship fitted with tanks for carrying liquid in bulk

b : a vehicle on which a tank is mounted to carry fluids also : a cargo airplane for transporting fuel

2 : a member of a military tank crew

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There were no evacuation orders and by 11 a.m. Cal Fire released air tankers from the fire and reported that crews would remain at the scene for several hours for mop-up. Ramona Sentinel, "Brush fires in Dulzura and Alpine; 114 degrees in Ramona," 6 July 2018 But the opening of the drawbridge over Chelsea Creek for tankers and barges can tack on an extra 20 minutes or more. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "New Chelsea Silver Line hits bridge delays," 29 June 2018 In August 2016, one of its tankers collided with a Swiss container ship in the Singapore Strait, damaging both ships but causing no injuries or oil spill. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "East China Sea slick fire from sunken oil tanker burns out," 15 Jan. 2018 In August 2016, one of its tankers collided with a Swiss container ship in the Singapore Strait, damaging both ships but causing no injuries or oil spill. Time, "'No Hope' of Survivors After Iranian Tanker Explodes and Sinks off Chinese Coast," 14 Jan. 2018 In August 2016, one of its tankers collided with a Swiss container ship in the Singapore Strait, damaging both ships but causing no injuries or oil spill. Amir Vahdat, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Oil Tanker Explodes off China's Coast, Killing Everyone Aboard," 14 Jan. 2018 Two firefighting helicopters and two air tankers assisted 65 firefighters on the ground in containing the blaze at seven acres, Cal Fire Capt. Pauline Repard, Ramona Sentinel, "Montecito fire threatens apartments, triggers evacuations," 7 May 2018 In the documentary, political scientist P.W. Singer notes that unrestricted submarine warfare targeting freighters and tankers was thought unconscionable at the beginning of the 20th century, but became normalized after World War II. James Vincent, The Verge, "This Elon Musk-approved AI documentary is mostly bluster and scare tactics," 12 Apr. 2018 Power outages were common, yet prices were well above average rates on the mainland U.S. because of the cost of importing fuel on tankers. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Power Utility CEO Resigns After Less Than Four Months on Job," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of tanker

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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tanker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tanker

: a vehicle (such as a ship, truck, or airplane) that is designed to carry liquids

tanker

noun
tank·er | \ˈtaŋ-kər \

Kids Definition of tanker

: a vehicle or ship with tanks for carrying a liquid oil tankers

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