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Webster 1913 Edition


Tank

Tank

(tăṉk)
,
Noun.
A small Indian dry measure, averaging 240 grains in weight; also, a Bombay weight of 72 grains, for pearls.
Simmonds.

Tank

(tăṉk)
,
Noun.
[Pg.
tanque
, L.
stangum
a pool; or perhaps of East Indian origin. Cf.
Stank
,
Noun.
]
1.
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
(Zool.)
,
a small nematoid worm found in the water tanks of India, supposed by some to be the young of the Guinea worm.

Webster 1828 Edition


Tank

TANK

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

Definition 2022


Tank

Tank

See also: tank and tänk

German

Noun

Tank m (genitive Tanks, plural Tanks)

  1. (obsolete) tank (military armoured fighting vehicle)
  2. tank (container for liquids or gases)

Derived terms

Related terms

tank

tank

See also: Tank and tänk

English

A military tank.

Noun

tank (plural tanks)

  1. A closed container for liquids or gases.
  2. An open container or pool for storing water or other liquids.
  3. A pond, pool, or small lake, natural or artificial.
    • Lawson
      The tanks are full and the grass is high.
  4. The fuel reservoir of a vehicle.
  5. The amount held by a container; a tankful.
    I burned three tanks of gas on the drive to New York.
  6. An armoured fighting vehicle, armed with a gun in a turret, and moving on caterpillar tracks.
  7. (Australian and Indian English) A reservoir or dam.
  8. (Southwestern US, chiefly Texas) A large metal container, usually placed near a wind-driven water pump, in an animal pen or field.
  9. (Southwestern US, chiefly Texas) By extension a small pond for the same purpose.
  10. (slang) A very muscular and physically imposing person. Somebody who is built like a tank.
  11. (role-playing games, board games, video games) a unit or character designed primarily around damage absorption and holding the attention of the enemy (as opposed to dealing damage, healing, or other tasks)
Synonyms
  • (military fighting vehicle): battle tank, combat tank, armour (mass noun), tango (Canadian military slang)
Derived terms
Hypernyms
Hyponyms
  • (military fighting vehicle): infantry tank (historical), cavalry tank (historical), fast tank (historical), cruiser tank (historical), superheavy tank (historical), tankette (historical), bobbin tank (historical), light tank, medium tank, heavy tank, main battle tank, MBT, flail tank, flame tank, flamethrower tank
Coordinate terms
Translations

Verb

tank (third-person singular simple present tanks, present participle tanking, simple past and past participle tanked)

  1. To fail or fall (often used in describing the economy or the stock market); to degenerate or decline rapidly; to plummet.
  2. (video games) To attract the attacks of an enemy target in cooperative team-based combat, so that one's teammates can defeat the enemy in question more efficiently.
  3. To put fuel into a tank
  4. To deliberately lose a sports match with the intent of gaining a perceived future competitive advantage.
    • Farber, Michael (March 6, 2006), “Swede Success”, in (Please provide the title of the work), Sports Illustrated, retrieved February 5, 2011
      Beforehand, Swedish [national ice hockey team] coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson had ruminated about tanking against Slovakia to avoid powerful Canada or the Czechs in the quarters [i.e., quarterfinals of the 2006 Winter Olympic tournament], telling Swedish television, "One is cholera, the other the plague."

Etymology 2

Noun

tank (plural tanks)

  1. A small Indian dry measure, averaging 240 grains in weight.
  2. A Bombay weight of 72 grains, for pearls.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Simmonds to this entry?)

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Czech

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): taŋk
  • Rhymes: -aŋk

Noun

tank m

  1. tank, armor

Declension

Derived terms

  • tankový

Danish

Etymology 1

Borrowing from English tank.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /taːnk/, [tˢæːŋɡ̊]

Noun

tank c (singular definite tanken, plural indefinite tanks)

  1. tank (military fighting vehicle)
Declension
Synonyms

Etymology 2

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tank/, [tˢɑŋ̩ˀɡ̊]

Noun

tank c (singular definite tanken, plural indefinite tanke)

  1. tank (for storage)
  2. (informal) filling station, gas station (US), petrol station (UK), service station
Declension
Synonyms

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tɛŋk/, /tɑŋk/

Etymology

Borrowing from English tank.

Noun

tank m (plural tanks, diminutive tankje n)

  1. tank (military fighting vehicle)
  2. tank (storage)

Verb

tank

  1. first-person singular present indicative of tanken
  2. imperative of tanken

Anagrams


French

Etymology

Borrowing from English tank.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tɑ̃k/

Noun

tank m (plural tanks)

  1. tank (military vehicle)
  2. tank (container, Quebec French)

Synonyms

  • (military tank): char

German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /taŋk/
  • Rhymes: -aŋk

Verb

tank

  1. Imperative singular of tanken.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of tanken.

Italian

Etymology

Borrowing from English tank.

Noun

tank m (invariable)

  1. tank (military and container)

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

Borrowing from English tank

Noun

tank m (definite singular tanken, indefinite plural tanker, definite plural tankene)

  1. a tank (container, as below)

Derived terms

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tank/ (example of pronunciation)

Etymology 1

Borrowing from English tank.

Noun

tank m (definite singular tanken, indefinite plural tankar, definite plural tankane)

  1. a tank (closed container for liquids or gases)
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Verb

tank

  1. imperative of tanka and tanke

References


Swedish

tank

Noun

tank c

  1. tank (container for liquids)

Declension

Inflection of tank 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative tank tanken tankar tankarna
Genitive tanks tankens tankars tankarnas

Related terms

See also