tank·​er | \ ˈtaŋ-kər How to pronounce tanker (audio) \

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

Examples of tanker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In early June, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife then delivered 720,000 juvenile salmon in three shipments from tanker trucks from the state’s Mokelumne River Hatchery. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "720,000 baby salmon released in Half Moon Bay harbor," 9 July 2020 The new review reexamined the December 2018 crash between an American fighter jet and a refueling tanker during a nighttime training exercise. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "U.S. Marine Corps Concludes Its Investigation Into a Fatal 2018 Midair Crash Was Inaccurate," 2 July 2020 The tanker needs 11,000 tons of the fuel, which cost about 8 million dollars each year. Washington Post, "Yemen asks for help as seawater seeps into abandoned tanker," 26 June 2020 Lanes on both southbound I-75 and eastbound I-74 are restricted at the merge due to a tanker leaking, Cincinnati Police said at 11:13. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Delays on eastbound I-74 and southbound I-75 due to tanker leaking," 25 June 2020 It is delivered in liquid form by tanker truck and piped directly to the beds of coronavirus patients. Fox News, "Medical oxygen scarce in world's poorest regions during coronavirus pandemic," 24 June 2020 At some point, as planned, the crew refuels from behind an airborne tanker, taking on thousands of more pounds of gas. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Inside a training mission with a B-52 bomber, the aircraft that will not die," 24 June 2020 But Brown's nomination was held by Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, over questions about where the Air Force should base the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker, according to Defense News. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Senate confirms Air Force general as first African-American service chief," 9 June 2020 At least 19 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured after a tanker truck exploded in southeastern China on Saturday, according to officials. Fox News, "China tanker truck explosion leaves 19 dead, nearly 200 hurt, authorities say," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of tanker

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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16 Jul 2020

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“Tanker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanker. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tanker

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


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Kids Definition of tanker

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

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