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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bill, myself and a few other young hunters were sitting on an empty old concrete stock water tanker when Theo pumped his shotgun to eject a shell. Paul Messinger, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2022 Firefighters requested an additional water tanker from the Glastonbury Fire Department, according to the fire department. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 5 Aug. 2022 The 100-pound missile has a range of 4.4 miles and is carried by warships like the littoral combat ship, armed KC-130 tanker transports, the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, and the MQ-9 Reaper attack drone. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2022 An air tanker makes a fire retardant drop at the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California, on July 24, 2022. CBS News, 26 July 2022 And while the Jones Act tanker business saw sequential improvement, average charter rates were again below year earlier levels. Roger Conrad, Forbes, 24 July 2022 The groups, which include Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, said in a statement Monday that the enormous FSO Safer oil storage tanker sitting in the Red Sea could explode or rupture at any moment. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 20 July 2022 Around 95% of the world’s oil tanker fleet is covered by the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs in London, which is required to follow European law, Bloomberg reports. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 19 July 2022 Three fire trucks were damaged, with two of them — an engine and a tanker/pumper — having to be taken out of service for repairs. Joe Taschler, Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of tanker was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Tanker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanker. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition


tank·​er ˈtaŋ-kər How to pronounce tanker (audio)
: a vehicle or ship with tanks for carrying a liquid
oil tankers

Last Updated: 10 Aug 2022

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