• WordNet 3.6
    • v tank treat in a tank "tank animal refuse"
    • v tank consume excessive amounts of alcohol
    • v tank store in a tank by causing (something) to flow into it
    • n tank a cell for violent prisoners
    • n tank a large (usually metallic) vessel for holding gases or liquids
    • n tank an enclosed armored military vehicle; has a cannon and moves on caterpillar treads
    • n tank a freight car that transports liquids or gases in bulk
    • n tank as much as a tank will hold
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Floor tank of can system Floor tank of can system
Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad
Forney's Tank-Locomotive Forney's Tank-Locomotive
Beard's Circulating Water Tank Beard's Circulating Water Tank

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The external tank on space shuttles is not painted. It is the only part of the shuttle that is lost after launch, so it is not necessary to worry about metal corrosion.
    • Tank (Mil) a heavily armored combat vehicle which moves on caterpillar treads, rather than wheels. It typically carries a cannon and a heavy machine, and sometimes other weapons. It is the main distinguishing weapon of an armored division.
    • Tank a jail cell for temporarily holding prisoners, as in a police station.
    • Tank A large basin or cistern; an artificial receptacle for liquids.
    • Tank 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 home.""The tanks are full and the grass is high."
    • n Tank tăṉk A small Indian dry measure, averaging 240 grains in weight; also, a Bombay weight of 72 grains, for pearls.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first television show to show any portion of a toilet was on "Leave it to Beaver." After fighting for ten weeks to show the toilet, CBS would only allow the producers to show the toilet tank, and not the whole toilet
    • n tank In glass manufacturing, same as tank-furnace (which see, under furnace).
    • n tank The stomach.
    • tank To fill up (with liquor); hence, to be drunk: usually with up.
    • tank An oral abbreviation for hyperbolic tangent (which see), being an accommodated pronunciation of the written abbreviation tanh.
    • n tank A pool of deep water, natural or artificial.
    • n tank A large vessel or structure of wood or metal designed to hold water, oil, or other liquid, or a gas. Specifically— That part of a locomotive tender which contains the water. See cut under passenger-engine.
    • n tank In the East Indies, a storage-place for water; a reservoir. Such tanks are used especially for irrigation; but they also serve for storage of water for all purposes during the dry season. Some of them are of great extent, and form lakes, conforming to the natural shape of the ground and covering thousands of acres; others are of square or other regular shape, and form decorative features in pleasure-grounds.
    • tank To throw, or cause to flow, into a tank.
    • tank To put or plunge into a tank; bathe or steep in a tank.
    • n tank The wild parsnip, Peucedanum (Pastinaca) sativum.
    • n tank A variant of tang and tang.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, Russians used dogs strapped with explosives to blow up German tanks. They trained the dogs to associate the tanks with food and ended up destroying about 25 German tanks using this method
    • n Tank tangk a large basin or cistern: a reservoir of water
    • v.t Tank to cause to flow into a tank: to plunge into a tank
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pg. tanque, L. stangum, a pool; or perhaps of East Indian origin. Cf. Stank (n.)


In literature:

The oil is delivered from tank-cars into iron tanks.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
So the tank man applied the air-pressure, blew his tanks free of all water, closed his outer valves and brought her up.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
There is entirely too much water and tank drama in this business.
"The Moving Picture Boys on the Coast" by Victor Appleton
Those neutrons killed off four of the crew, and spared us only because we happened to be behind the water tanks.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
When the bombardment was well under way the tanks were opened.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
I also offered her one of my cushions to put on the edge of the tank, which looked to me hard.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
The water rushed from the tanks, and flowed away into the ballast underneath.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
The tank was filled with water up to within about six inches of the upper edge.
"The World Peril of 1910" by George Griffith
The tanks are of interest in Trichinopoly, but less so than in Madura.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
And the pushpot is going to crash when that tank, and only that tank, is used!
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster

In poetry:

Said the Think Tank skeleton
Free Market's the way
Said the Saving & Loan skeleton
Make the State pay
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
He crossed the deserts hot and bare,
From barren, hungry shores—
The plains that you would scarcely dare
With all your tanks and bores.
"The New Chum Jackeroo" by Henry Lawson
He lived at Dingle Bank - he did; -
He lived at Dingle Bank;
And in his garden was one Quail,
Four tulips and a Tank:
And from his window he could see
The otion and the River Dee.
"He Lived at Dingle Bank" by Edward Lear
When a feller once comes to a pond or a tank,
It is better to ride out a ways from the bank.
Fer the water is clearer out there as a rule,
And besides it is deep and a little more cool.
"Drinkin' Water" by Bruce Kiskaddon
"A boy!" cried the Parson, "Ye pagans come down!
All Christians shall sing and be thankful.
Go fetch us the child in his christening gown;
Egad, but we'll give him a tankful!"—Chorus.
"The Christening" by John Jay Chapman
I dream of the rose-like perfume that fills your hair,
Of times when my lips were free of your soft closed eyes,
While down in the tank the waters ripple and rise
And the flying foxes silently cleave the air.
"Reverie OfMahomed Akram At The Tamarind Tank" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Raw video of Israeli tanks firing at Syria.
Think tank devising ways to deal with erosion that's not a matter of if, but when.
Technology stocks were in the tank.
Summer is around the corner and the warming temperatures mean it's time to wear those tank tops.
This Boston Terrier named Tank goes crazy over the windshield wipers in his owner's car.
I would be worried about Tank scratching up my dashboard.
It's midnight on Manhattan's Lower East Side, and the apple-cheeked guitarist in the baggy tank top doesn't know what's coming.
IN GENERAL, tank truck companies that haul construction materials cement, asphalt, and the chemical additives that go into them should have plenty to do during 2004.
0 The leading suppliers of tank- cleaning equipment are teaming up to expand product availability and technical support around the world.
The Town of Minden is facing a possible $11,000 in fines after a bulk tank inspection turned up a handful of violations, including oil spills and an unregistered tank.
Beebe's military service began when he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard in June of 1950 as a private, with the 115th Tank Company.
Translucent 6-gallon tank to easily see debris level and know when the tank is full.
A new think tank report says the next few months will determine success or failure for the US in Iraq.
Aqua Gulf Transport and Hawaii Intermodal Tank Transport said they have formed an alliance to provide transportation with specialized temperature-controlled ISO tank containers in the Puerto Rico and Caribbean markets.
THINK TANKED The rundown on the day's think tank events.

In science:

The whole setup is immersed in a water tank.
Singular value distribution of the propagation matrix in random scattering media
The test tank detector performance is studied using a Geant4 based Monte-Carlo (MC) simulation.
Gadolinium study for a water Cherenkov detector
Three to four gamma rays per one neutron capture are emitted to the SK tank, and detected as the Cherenkov light radiated from the Compton-scattered electrons.
Gadolinium study for a water Cherenkov detector
From the arrival times of the shower particles at the three tanks the direction of the primary cosmic ray was reconstructed and the resulting sky map is shown in Fig. 6.
Performance of the first prototype of the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory
The count rate of signals detected in a 3m diameter water tank by the photomultiplier at the center was of the order of 16 KHz with the trigger set at a fraction of a single photo electron.
Performance of the first prototype of the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory