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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The tanker turned off its tracking device in June last year. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Fake Signals and Illegal Flags: How North Korea Uses Clandestine Shipping to Fund Regime," 28 Nov. 2018 The North Korean tanker then proceeded to the port of Nampo in North Korea, docking five days later. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "U.S. urges U.N. to halt all oil transfers to North Korea," 12 July 2018 Exit 20 on I-93 south will be temporarily closed while the tanker is removed from the scene. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Tanker truck spills thousands of gallons of milk on N.H. highway," 5 June 2018 The tanker was believed to be carrying 8,500 pounds of butane, although the spill was not thought to be dangerous, Rosenberg Police Chief Tracie Dunn said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "I-69 near Rosenberg still closed after tanker overturned, damaged road," 18 May 2018 Authorities also stopped a 'Class A' fishing vessel that had been used to ferry the migrants from land to the tanker. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Malaysia busts alleged traffickers who crammed 131 people onto tanker," 7 May 2018 The tanker’s 59-foot-long extended boom is guided with a joystick by an airman using a system of seven cameras. Anthony Capaccio, Bloomberg.com, "Boeing Says It's Close to Fixing a Flaw Delaying KC-46 Tanker," 4 May 2018 At another gas station, a long line of vehicles followed a tanker truck that pulled in with 8,800 gallons (33,000 liters) of fuel. Fox News, "Wilmington Isle: Food, water handouts set in isolated city," 18 Sep. 2018 The Golden Pass plant opened in 2010 to import gas that has been chilled into liquid form, allowing it to be loaded on to tankers for shipment. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "Exxon, Qatar Petroleum to expand LNG export plant in Texas," 5 Feb. 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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