Definition of tanker
1a : a cargo ship fitted with tanks for carrying liquid in bulkb : 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
Recent Examples of tanker from the Web
As the protesters attempted to move closer to the Presidential Palace, police sprayed them with hoses from a water tanker and later fired tear gas.
The author, a ship electrician, had ridden in a convoy of oil tankers taking American troops to the U.K. and then France in 1918.
The deal would create the world’s biggest tanker fleet, with 43 very large crude carriers in operation.
Nearly everything is served with generous sides of a seemingly-endless supply of Maggi ketchup, washed-ashore from an Indian tanker in the late sixties.
All three vessels are more than 20-year-old dry-bulk carriers owned and operated by Polaris Shipping Co. and all were converted from crude-oil tankers.
How about secretly buying a $25 million oil tanker for his family?
The Air Force periodically stages such exercises around the world, including KC-135R tankers earlier this month and F-15 Eagle fighters in Okinawa in April.
Update, 13:00 EST: So who wins, and who loses in the decision to cancel the tanker competition?
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First Known Use of tanker
TANKER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tanker for English Language Learners
: a vehicle (such as a ship, truck, or airplane) that is designed to carry liquids
TANKER Defined for Kids
Definition of tanker for Students
: a vehicle or ship with tanks for carrying a liquid oil tankers
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