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

Examples of tanker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to an incident report, the crash occurred Wednesday morning when an unknown vehicle entered I-40 and pulled out in front of a 2018 International Harvester tanker truck. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Police: Ozark man charged in connection with fatal I-40 crash," 24 Dec. 2020 Special Boat Service commandos were lowered by rope from helicopters onto the tanker, whose crew had locked themselves in a secure part of the ship known as the citadel. Fox News, "Crew safe, 7 detained after UK special forces raid tanker," 26 Oct. 2020 Five men are killed on a British tanker docked in Brooklyn, not far from Ebbets Field, when gases ignite and cause an explosion. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Brooklyn takes World Series lead: 1920 Game 3," 7 Oct. 2020 The former is a veteran foreign-policy official and think-tanker; the latter is a veteran newsman. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Dezinformatsiya," 5 Oct. 2020 Just one Suezmax tanker, carrying 1 million barrels of crude, left Iraq for the U.S. last month. Julian Lee, Bloomberg.com, "Surge in Saudi Oil Flows Offset Cut in UAE’s September Exports," 2 Oct. 2020 By late May, the tanker, which was called the Noor One, had passed through the Suez Canal. Alexander Clapp, The New Republic, "The Vampire Ship," 28 Sep. 2020 According to the preliminary MSP investigation, Acton walked into lane 3 of the highway in front of a 2005 Sterling truck tractor with a fuel tanker in tow. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Frederick County man struck, killed while walking on I-70 in Mount Airy," 15 Dec. 2020 Tehran denied being involved, though Revolutionary Guard members were filmed taking an unexploded mine away from one tanker. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "US Navy official says 'uneasy deterrence' reached with Iran," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of tanker

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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6 Jan 2021

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“Tanker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanker. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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


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Kids Definition of tanker

: a vehicle or ship with tanks for carrying a liquid oil tankers

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