Definition of tank in English:

tank

Line breaks: tank
Pronunciation: /taŋk
 
/

noun

  • 1A large receptacle or storage chamber, especially for liquid or gas.
    More example sentences
    • Only two tonnes of liquid chlorine spilt from a storage tank after an equipment failure, but it was enough to cause plenty of drama.
    • The protest forced the field to halt production in order to prevent its 2,000-barrel storage tanks from overflowing.
    • Moreover, much of the water supply is deliberately contaminated by willful destruction of sewers, water pipes and storage tanks.
  • 1.1The container holding the fuel supply in a motor vehicle: the trucks all had a full tank of gasoline
    More example sentences
    • The fuel tank still contained gasoline and the majority of rubber hoses and other rubber items were in such condition that they could be reused if wanted.
    • With a full tank of fuel, the weight bias shifts rearwards slightly, which helps traction, as does the standard limited slip differential.
    • Fuel tanks could be considered the container of the lifeblood of your Mazda.
    Synonyms
    container, receptacle, vat, cistern, barrel, storage chamber, repository, reservoir, holder, basin
  • 1.2A receptacle with transparent sides in which to keep fish; an aquarium.
    More example sentences
    • We were walking through the aquarium, glass fish tanks surrounding us on all sides.
    • You can tell that the ‘underwater’ shots are filmed behind a tank of aquarium fish, plastic plants and all.
    • One couple was shown exchanging vows submerged in an aquarium tank, diving bells over their heads, while tropical fish swam past.
    Synonyms
  • 1.3Indian & Australian /NZ A reservoir.
    More example sentences
    • Clouds gather, sometimes developing into a cyclone but will a water-starved Chennai see its tanks, lakes, wells and reservoirs full this year?
    • What seems to have gone wrong is that many of the storm water drains that followed the natural alignment and drained off excess water into tanks and lakes are no longer in a functional state.
    • The Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, Bannerghatta National Park and several lakes and tanks are covered for protection and conservation.
  • 2A heavy armoured fighting vehicle carrying guns and moving on a continuous articulated metal track.
    More example sentences
    • There is no doubt we have the finest tanks and infantry fighting vehicles in the world.
    • Among the advantages, few of the Army's tanks and armored fighting vehicles were lost to enemy action, and in most cases, their crews survived.
    • Other reports indicated that hundreds of people were being indiscriminately mowed down by tanks and armoured vehicles in various suburbs.
    Synonyms
    armoured vehicle, armoured car, combat vehicle; German Panzer
  • 4North American informal A cell in a police station or jail.
    More example sentences
    • I got thrown in once when I was underage, not to eventful though...tried to get a cop to drive me home, he said sure and drove me straight to the tank.
    • And don't refrain from telling your friends: Among drunks, the real ones anyway, a night in the tank is a very large feather in the drinking cap.
    • Get thrown in the tank and they let me out at 6am and give me back my shoe laces and bifocal sunglasses I don't even remember them and just kind of smiled when the girl was emptying the bag.
  • 5 short for tank top.
    More example sentences
    • Sheer jerseys layer over t-shirts, vests and tanks.
    • After some tough decisions I decided to wear a black mini skirt and a crimson shirt with a white tank underneath.
    • Belly-bearing tanks, and halter dresses emphasized every curve on the mom-to-be.

verb

Back to top  
  • 1 [no object] Fill the tank of a vehicle with fuel: the cars stopped to tank up
    More example sentences
    • Last August, GM showed the result: a gasoline processor that could allow fuel cell vehicles to tank up at local gas stations.
    • The trick is figuring out how to hold hydrogen safely and at sufficient density to allow a typical car to go 500 kilometers or so before having to tank up.
    • No drop in petrol prices so people will still head south to tank up while no drop in corporation tax means foreign investors will still favour the Irish Republic.
  • 1.1 (be/get tanked up) British informal Drink heavily; become drunk: they get tanked up before the game
    More example sentences
    • ‘This will result in either people staying in and drinking or getting tanked up before they go out,’ he said.
    • "They're getting tanked up on those alcopop drinks and by the time it comes to midnight they're all over the place," he said.
    • Perhaps alcohol consumption would be more responsible if fans could drink at grounds rather than feeling the need to get tanked up before the game.
  • 2 [no object] US informal Fail completely, especially at great financial cost: the previous movie had tanked at the box office
    More example sentences
    • I know a great deal about movies - what's tanking, what's opened wide, what's in turnaround, what the buzz is.
    • For a movie that was so different, it should surprise no one that the movie tanked at the box office and was generally reviled by the critical press.
    • As the rest of Asia's economies tanked during the financial crisis that began in 1997, Taiwan remained afloat.
  • 2.1 [with object] North American informal (In sport) deliberately lose or fail to finish (a match): the powerful baseliner had tanked the match
    More example sentences
    • Unless you'd rather believe that the Yankee hitters all hate him and are tanking deliberately in games when he starts.
    • The team begins this season with a thrilling comeback against Washington State, then tanks the next three games.
    • People who accuse teams of tanking it in order to get a higher draft pick don't understand the mentality that is prevalent in the National Football League.
  • 3 [with object] informal , chiefly Scottish Defeat heavily: Rangers tanked the local side 8-0
    More example sentences
    • That must have been such a shaming thing to go back up to Manchester with: 6-3 by a team with the tiniest ground in the world and we tanked them.
    • By the brutal code of Hollywood, if your big-budget television series isn't tanking the opposition after the first five episodes, it risks being binned.
    • Do you see those guys really tanking him in 2004?

Derivatives

tankful

noun (plural tankfuls)
More example sentences
  • Suppose motorists have to pay $3 a litre for their petrol, with a 50-litre tankful costing $150.
  • Today was the day for their fortnightly water change (no, not the whole tankful, just 10%).
  • It just reminded me of the time when they used to advertise that their cars would travel 400 miles on a tankful.

tankless

adjective
More example sentences
  • With that information, we'll be able to say with much more certainty what the propane and water savings should be with the tankless arrangement, and therefore compare costs over the lifetime of the alternatives.
  • Armed with this information, we began our search for tankless hot water heaters that would meet all of these requirements.
  • A system is available in which a tankless gas water heater is installed outdoors and piped inside to the old electric storage tank, which is disconnected from its power supply.

Origin

early 17th century: perhaps from Gujarati tānkũ or Marathi tānkẽ 'underground cistern', from Sanskrit tadāga 'pond', probably influenced by Portuguese tangue 'pond', from Latin stagnum. The military vehicle took its name from the use of tank as a secret code word during manufacture in 1915.

More definitions of tank

Definition of tank in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea