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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Its final environmental impact statement in 2014 said bitumen would be extracted irrespective of the pipeline, and shipping the crude by rail or tanker instead would result in 28% to 42% greater CO2 emissions as well as more leaks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Judicial Keystone Kop," 13 Nov. 2018 Airborne refueling tankers dramatically extend the range of short-range fighters such as the F-35. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How China's New Missile Concept Could Cripple American Air Power," 23 Oct. 2018 Sanchez’s orders resulted in mass confusion among the sailors steering the ship as well as an inadvertent turn to the left — directly into the path of an oil and chemical tanker. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 Additional helicopter crews and single engine air tankers were requested Saturday and are on site assisting more than 135 firefighters on the ground. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Lightning-sparked Judd Fire burns 4,300 acres near Bisbee," 9 June 2018 Five general purpose tugs, doing work like hauling barges and monitoring tankers, will replace five others. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "New oil spill fleet arriving in Prince William Sound as Crowley prepares to exit," 15 Apr. 2018 And yesterday, Boeing's Charleston facility—which manufactures components for Boeing's 777 and other commercial jets, and for the Air Force's KC-46 tanker—was struck by what was initially reported to be WannaCry malware. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Baltimore’s 911 system, Boeing join Atlanta in week of crypto-malware outbreaks," 29 Mar. 2018 Officials announced Thursday afternoon that the governor's office and the Louisiana National Guard had begun mobilizing to bring bottled water and water tankers to New Orleans. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Seniors struggle in Lower 9th Ward amid boil advisory," 19 Jan. 2018 Container ships and tankers in a convoy heading north in the Suez Canal. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "On a luxury cruise in the Arabian Sea, on the lookout for pirates," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tanker

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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


tank·​er | \ˈtaŋ-kər \

Kids Definition of tanker

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

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