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

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As neighbours in the middle-class Mylapore district line up brightly coloured pots for the scheduled tanker to fill, there is more good humour than annoyance. The Economist, "Thirsty Indian cities have a management problem, not a water problem," 6 July 2019 That means commercial vehicles, including tanker trailers, won’t be permitted in the downtown and Inner Harbor until midnight. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Federal authorities warn of possible Fourth of July terrorism, but no 'credible and specific' threat," 2 July 2019 Hundreds of thousands of residents wait in line each day to fill their pots at government water tankers, and critical services like hospitals and schools are struggling. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 28 June 2019 HNoMS Helge Instag collided with an oil tanker, ran aground, and later sank off the coast of Norway. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Norway Will Scrap Sunken Frigate," 24 June 2019 Late last month, Bolton had charged that Iran was responsible for attacks against oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates – and warned that the U.S. would strike back if attacked. Fox News, "Bolton to Iran: Don’t mistake ‘US prudence and discretion for weakness’," 23 June 2019 The Global Hawk incident occurred the week after two tankers, one Japanese and one Norwegian, were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. oregonlive.com, "Donald Trump calls off retaliatory missile strike on Iran," 21 June 2019 The development follows apparent attacks last week in the Strait of Hormuz on oil tankers, assaults that Washington has blamed on Iran. Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Iran speeds up uranium enrichment as Mideast tensions mount," 17 June 2019 Crews abandoned both the tankers, with the US and Iran both claiming credit for rescue operations. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The Persian Gulf is at its most dangerous since the Iraq War, according to insurance markets," 13 June 2019

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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


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Kids Definition of tanker

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

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