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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There, on the horizon, a flotilla of oil tankers dragged a gloomy thumbprint across an otherwise postcard-worthy view, and high winds made life difficult for a TV crew on a bluff above the shore. Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times, "By design, Long Beach-set ‘Lodge 49’ is the ‘least aspirational show on TV’," 9 Aug. 2019 The images show significant detail of crude oil being loaded onto and off of tankers. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Small satellites begin to offer unrivaled detail in radar images of Earth," 9 Aug. 2019 Dallas pipeline operator Energy Transfer is in talks to develop an offshore crude oil export terminal capable near Houston that will accommodate some of the largest tankers in the world. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Energy Transfer in talks to develop supertanker-ready crude oil export terminal," 8 Aug. 2019 Some Iranian officials suggested the seizure of the Stena Impero was retaliation for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Amir Vahdat, BostonGlobe.com, "UK joins US Strait of Hormuz mission; Iran slams sanctions," 5 Aug. 2019 The seizure of the tanker was itself an assertive move, ordered, the senior Western diplomat said, by Mr. Zelensky himself. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "In Ukraine, a Rival to Putin Rises," 4 Aug. 2019 Britain has figured prominently in rising U.S. tensions with Iran ever since British Royal Marines took part in the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar, a British overseas territory. CBS News, "Video shows Iranian guard warning U.K. warship on day tanker was seized: "Don't put your life in danger"," 29 July 2019 Negotiating the release of the tankers promises to be a tricky process. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "It’s harder than ever to hide an oil tanker," 22 July 2019 Iran's seizure of two western oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz is akin to pirate activity in international waters, according to columnist Charlie Hurt. Fox News, "Charlie Hurt: Iran seizing western oil tankers is 'complete pirates on the high seas'," 20 July 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


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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