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 2012, the destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) collided with a tanker. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The unique aspects of bringing a tanker into Prince William Sound are discussed with the vessel master in a call about a week out, Kinnear added. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2021 But Hitchens did say panic buying could affect prices here and a shortage of fuel tanker drivers is also an underlying problem nationally. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 12 May 2021 Before the pipeline problems, the pandemic led to fewer people on the roads, which meant gas stations weren't selling as much gas, which meant fewer tanker drivers were needed. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2021 The federal government has temporarily allowed tanker drivers to exceed statutory limits on their drive time to help make up for some of the lost capacity from the pipeline. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 Four hours later, the hospital received a tanker, the company tweeted. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Iran on Friday released a South Korean oil tanker held since January amid a dispute with Seoul over billions of dollars of its assets frozen there. Fox News, 12 Apr. 2021 Iran seized the tanker at sea in January, accusing it of polluting the waters with chemicals and holding the vessel in the port of Bandar Abbas. Cnn's Jake Kwon And Reuters, CNN, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tanker

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Jun 2021

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“Tanker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanker. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce tanker (audio) \

Kids Definition of tanker

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


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