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[tang-ker] /ˈtæŋ kər/
a ship, airplane, or truck designed for bulk shipment of liquids or gases.
verb (used with object)
to transport by tanker.
Origin of tanker
1895-1900; tank + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tanker
  • Due to the rapid increase in ship-borne trade, globalization favors large navies that protect trade and tanker routes.
  • Anyone wanting to make the journey would have to do so in a fuel tanker truck.
  • We buy this stuff at work in bulk, by the tanker load literally.
  • One of our tasks was to evaluate the role of the tanker aircraft likely to be available and of overseas bases worldwide.
  • These will continue to add up to a heavy toll on our environment, even if another oil tanker never spills at sea again.
  • At the moment you would have to pull a tanker trailer of hydrogen behind your car if you were going on a long trip.
  • Once in place, a steel pipe will then be attached to a tanker at the surface and connected to the top of the box to move the oil.
  • Add to the mix a car fire or an oil tanker explosion and the situation could become dire.
  • Then tanker ships could go directly to them and fill up.
  • These synthetic fuels could flow right into existing oil pipelines or be put aboard tanker ships bound for market.
British Dictionary definitions for tanker


a ship, lorry, or aeroplane designed to carry liquid in bulk, such as oil
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Word Origin and History for tanker

"ship for carrying oil or other liquid cargo," 1900, from tank (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for tanker



(also fish tank, fish bowl, holding tank) A detention cell; a jail cell: when he goes into the tank as a prisoner/ I'm in the fish tank. There are forty of us in the diagnostic center (entry form 1912+)

  1. (also tank up) To drink liquor, esp heavily: I think he'd tanked up a good deal at luncheon (1902+)
  2. To lose a game, match, etc, deliberately; throw: He lost so implausibly they were sure he had tanked/ the ''tanking'' of unlucrative doubles matches merely to catch a plane (1976+ Sports)
  3. To fall precipitately; collapse: At FBI headquarters, morale has tanked after the Idaho investigation/ Analysts say Texaco shares could tank to $25–$30 in bankruptcy (1980s+)
Related Terms

drunk tank, go into the tank, think tank

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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