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American English: /tæŋk/
British English: /taŋk/

Translation of tank in Spanish:


  • 1 (for liquid, gas)
    (on trucks, rail wagons etc) cisterna (feminine)
    fermentation tanks
    cubas (feminine plural) de fermentación
    developing tank (Photography)
    cubeta (feminine) de revelado
    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.
    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.
  • 2 (Military)
    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.
  • 3 (jail) (US) [slang]
    cana (feminine) (South America) [slang]
    chirona (feminine) (Spain) [colloquial]
    tanque (masculine) or tambo (masculine) (Mexico) [colloquial]
    guandoca (feminine) (Colombia) [colloquial]
    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.

intransitive verb

  • (US) [colloquial] (stock market)
    venirse abajo
    fracasar estrepitosamente
    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.

Phrasal verbs

tank up

verb + adverb
1 (with fuel)
llenar el tanque
2 (with alcohol) [colloquial]
tomarse unas cuantas [colloquial]
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