Meaning of TANK in English


■ noun

1》 a large receptacle or storage chamber, especially for liquid or gas.

↘the container holding the fuel supply in a motor vehicle.

↘ Indian & Austral./NZ a reservoir.

2》 a receptacle with transparent sides in which to keep fish; an aquarium.

3》 a heavy armoured fighting vehicle carrying guns and moving on a continuous articulated metal track.

4》 N. Amer. informal a cell in a police station or jail.

■ verb

1》 ( be/get ~ed up ) informal drink heavily or become drunk.

2》 (usu. ~ up ) fill the ~ of a vehicle with fuel.

3》 N. Amer. informal fail completely or disastrously.

↘(in sport) deliberately lose or fail to finish (a match).


~ful noun ( plural ~fuls ).

~less adjective


C17: perh. from Gujarati tānku̴ or Marathi tānkẽ 'underground cistern', prob. influenced by Port. tangue 'pond'.

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