Meaning of TANK in English


Pronunciation: ' ta ŋ k

Function: 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


– tank · ful \ - ˌ fu ̇ l \ noun

– tank · like \ - ˌ l ī k \ adjective

– in the tank or into the tank : in or into a decline or slump <the sullen student's grades went into the tank >

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