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Tank definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TANK, n. A large bason or cistern; a reservoir of water.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an enclosed armored military vehicle; has a cannon and moves on caterpillar treads [syn: tank, army tank, armored combat vehicle, armoured combat vehicle]
2: a large (usually metallic) vessel for holding gases or liquids [syn: tank, storage tank]
3: as much as a tank will hold [syn: tank, tankful]
4: a freight car that transports liquids or gases in bulk [syn: tank car, tank]
5: a cell for violent prisoners [syn: cooler, tank] v
1: store in a tank by causing (something) to flow into it
2: consume excessive amounts of alcohol
3: treat in a tank; "tank animal refuse"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Portuguese tanque, alteration of estanque, from estancar to stanch, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *stanticare more at stanch Date: 1609 1. dialect pond, pool; especially one built as a water supply 2. a usually large receptacle for holding, transporting, or storing liquids (as water or fuel) 3. an enclosed heavily armed and armored combat vehicle that moves on tracks 4. a prison cell or enclosure used especially for receiving prisoners 5. tank top tankful noun tanklike adjective II. verb Date: 1863 transitive verb 1. to place, store, or treat in a tank 2. to make no effort to win ; lose intentionally <tanked the match> intransitive verb 1. to lose intentionally ; give up in competition 2. to suffer rapid decline, failure, or collapse <bought a stock that quickly tanked>

Britannica Concise

Heavily armed and armored combat vehicle that moves on two continuous metal chains called tracks. It is usually equipped with a cannon mounted in a revolving turret as well as lighter automatic weapons. The British developed tanks during World War I to fill the need for an armored assault vehicle that could cross the muddy, uneven terrain of the trench battle zone. They first saw combat at the Battle of the Somme (1916). In World War II, Germany's tank force was initially the most effective in Europe because it was organized into fast-moving massed formations with great striking power. After World War II, tanks became larger and more heavily armed. Most modern main battle tanks weigh more than 50 tons yet are capable of road speeds of 30-40 mph (50-70 kph). The standard main armament is a 120-mm gun, which fires armor-piercing projectiles; laser range-finders and infrared imaging devices aid in sighting.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a large receptacle or storage chamber usu. for liquid or gas. 2 a heavy armoured fighting vehicle carrying guns and moving on a tracked carriage. 3 a container for the fuel supply in a motor vehicle. 4 the part of a locomotive tender containing water for the boiler. 5 a Ind. & Austral. a reservoir. b dial. esp. US a pond. --v. (usu. foll. by up) esp. Brit. 1 tr. fill the tank of (a vehicle etc.) with fuel. 2 intr. & colloq. tr. (in passive) drink heavily; become drunk. Phrases and idioms: tank engine a railway engine carrying fuel and water receptacles in its own frame, not in a tender. tank-farming the practice of growing plants in tanks of water without soil. tank top a sleeveless, close-fitting upper garment with a scoop-neck. Derivatives: tankful n. (pl. -fuls). tankless adj. Etymology: Gujurati tankh etc., perh. f. Skr. tadaga pond

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tank Tank, n. A pond, pool, or small lake, natural or artificial. We stood in the afterglow on the bank of the tank and saw the ducks come homa. --F. Remington. The tanks are full and the grass is high. --Lawson.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tank Tank, n. A small Indian dry measure, averaging 240 grains in weight; also, a Bombay weight of 72 grains, for pearls. --Simmonds.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tank Tank, n. [Pg. tanque, L. stangum a pool; or perhaps of East Indian origin. Cf. Stank, n.] A large basin or cistern; an artificial receptacle for liquids. Tank engine, a locomotive which carries the water and fuel it requires, thus dispensing with a tender. Tank iron, plate iron thinner than boiler plate, and thicker than sheet iron or stovepipe iron. Tank worm (Zo["o]l.), a small nematoid worm found in the water tanks of India, supposed by some to be the young of the Guinea worm.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(tanks) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. A tank is a large container for holding liquid or gas. ...an empty fuel tank... Two water tanks provide a total capacity of 400 litres. N-COUNT: oft n N 2. A tank is a large military vehicle that is equipped with weapons and moves along on metal tracks that are fitted over the wheels. N-COUNT 3. see also septic tank, think-tank

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Cistern, reservoir.

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