tank·​er ˈtaŋ-kər How to pronounce tanker (audio)
: a cargo ship fitted with tanks for carrying liquid in bulk
: a vehicle on which a tank is mounted to carry fluids
also : a cargo airplane for transporting fuel
: a member of a military tank crew

Examples of tanker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alma was one of the boats sent to rescue the crew of the Union Oil tanker Montebello, which was sunk by a Japanese submarine about six miles off the coast north of Cambria, Calif. Jerry Rice, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 The Times also found some tanker crews altering the physical appearance of their ships. Christiaan Triebert, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The plows and drone-defenses address the most serious threats tankers on both sides of the war contend with every day: mines and FPV drones. David Axe, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 That’s added as much as two weeks to a typical East-to-West journey for container ships, and 18 days for slower bulk carriers and tankers. Anna Cooban, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 The train collided with the side of the tanker, separating the trailer from the truck and splitting it into multiple pieces, Kessler said. Katie Langford, The Denver Post, 30 Jan. 2024 In 2023, the U.S. exported 88.9 MT of LNG, according to a FOX Business analysis of tanker tracking data, meaning the CP2 facility would alone increase exports by a staggering 23%. Thomas Catenacci, Fox News, 24 Jan. 2024 Israel-Gaza war Houthi militants attempted to strike a tanker ship in the third such attack on commercial shipping in three days. John Hudson, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 The announcement, Peters said, ensures that Selfridge, based in Harrison Township in Macomb County, will continued to have a flying mission even as the Air Force phases out the current eight KC-135 tankers at the base. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 11 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tanker was in 1900

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“Tanker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanker. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


tank·​er ˈtaŋ-kər How to pronounce tanker (audio)
: a vehicle (as a ship, truck, or aircraft) designed for the transportation of liquids
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