Meaning of TANK in English


I. ˈtaŋk 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

• tank·ful -ˌfu̇l noun

• tank·like -ˌlīk adjective

- in the tank

II. verb

Date: 1863

transitive verb

1. : to place, store, or treat in a tank

2. : to make no effort to win : lose intentionally

tank ed 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 tank ed

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.