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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One of the Syrian tankers first named by Fox, the Jasmine, was also sanctioned Wednesday. Fox News, "US Treasury sanctions tanker filled with Iranian oil after Fox News report," 4 Sep. 2019 So far, the struggle has played out mostly through the diversion of oil tankers, drone attacks, covert support to militant groups and strikes on military bases said to be used by the Iranians. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Hezbollah Says Drones That Crashed in Beirut Suburbs Came From Israel," 25 Aug. 2019 After the sabotage of four tankers off Fujairah in May, the UAE was careful not to blame Iran directly for the attack. Tim Lister, CNN, "Cracks are appearing in the Mideast's most important alliance. That's bad news for Trump," 22 Aug. 2019 Despite Iran’s seizure of oil tankers in the Gulf, oil prices have sunk to $60 a barrel. The Economist, "Markets are braced for a global downturn," 17 Aug. 2019 The sanctions have given rise to smuggling operations, industry analysts say, including efforts to mask the locations of large tankers transporting Iranian crude in defiance of U.S. sanctions. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Iran says it has seized third foreign tanker in Persian Gulf," 5 Aug. 2019 Only some of the 12 tankers were previously known to have recently delivered Iranian oil. Yonette Joseph, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran says it has seized another oil tanker in Persian Gulf," 4 Aug. 2019 His comments followed the apparent sabotage of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and the shooting down, by Iran, of a U.S. drone off its coast. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'Any amount we want': Iran poised to increase uranium enrichment at higher levels," 21 June 2019 Ross Valley Fire and Cal Fire are assisting Marin County Fire with air attack crews and tankers. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Evacuation warning lifted after Marin county firefighters stop spread of wildfire," 27 Aug. 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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