From Portuguese tanque (“tank, liquid container”), originally from Indian vernacular for a large artificial water reservoir, cistern, pool, etc., for example, Gujarati ટાંકી (ṭā̃kī) or Marathi टाकी (ṭākī). Compare the Arabic verb اِسْتَنْقَعَ (istanqaʿa, “to become stagnant, to stagnate”).
In the sense of armoured vehicle, to disguise their nature, prototypes were described as tanks for carrying water [from 1915] as well as physical resemblance.
tank (plural tanks)
- A closed container for liquids or gases.
- An open container or pool for storing water or other liquids.
- A pond, pool, or small lake, natural or artificial.
- The fuel reservoir of a vehicle.
- The amount held by a container; a tankful.
- I burned three tanks of gas on the drive to New York.
- An armoured fighting vehicle, armed with a gun, and moving on caterpillar tracks.
- (Australian and Indian English) A reservoir or dam.
- (Southwestern US, chiefly Texas) A large metal container for holding drinking water for animals, usually placed near a wind-driven water pump, in an animal pen or field.
- (Southwestern US, chiefly Texas) By extension a small pond for the same purpose.
- (slang) A very muscular and physically imposing person. Somebody who is built like a tank.
- (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).
- (US, slang) A prison cell, or prison generally.
- (poker, slang) A metaphorical place where a player goes to contemplate a decision; see in the tank.
- (military fighting vehicle): battle tank, combat tank, armour (mass noun), tango (Canadian military slang)
- (gaming): glass cannon
- (military fighting vehicle): armoured fighting vehicle, armored fighting vehicle, AFV, armoured combat vehicle, armored combat vehicle
- (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
- (military fighting vehicle): armoured car, armoured train, armoured personnel carrier, armored personnel carrier, APC, infantry fighting vehicle, IFV, self-propelled gun, SPG, tank destroyer, assault gun
- battle tank
- bobbin tank
- cavalry tank
- combat tank
- cruiser tank
- empty the tank
- fast tank
- fish tank
- flail tank
- flame tank
- flamethrower tank
- heavy tank
- infantry tank
- in the tank
- light tank
- main battle tank
- medium tank
- pannier tank
- retention tank
- saddle tank, saddletank
- side tank
- superheavy tank
- tank car
- tank destroyer
- tank engine
- tank farm
- tank locomotive
- tank suit
- tank top
- tank wagon
- think tank
- → Tokelauan: tane
- → Afrikaans: tenk
- → Albanian: tank
- → Assamese: টেংকি (teṅki)
- → Asturian: tanque
- → Azerbaijani: tank
- → Bashkir: танк (tank)
- → Belarusian: танк (tank)
- → Bengali: ট্যাংক (ṭjaṅk)
- → Burmese: တင့်ကား (tang.ka:)
- → Buryat: танк (tank)
- → Catalan: tanc
- → Chechen: танк (tank)
- → Chinese:
- Mandarin: 坦克 (tǎnkè)
- → Chuvash: танк (tank)
- → Czech: tank
- → Danish: tank
- → Dutch: tank
- → Dzongkha: ཏེངཀ (tengk)
- → Eastern Mari: танк (tank)
- → Estonian: tank
- → Fiji Hindi: tanki
- → Finnish: tankki
- → French: tank
- → Galician: tanque
- → Georgian: ტანკი (ṭanḳi)
- → German: Tank
- → Greek: τανκ (tank)
- → Greenlandic: tanki
- → Hebrew: טנק (tank)
- → Hindi: टंकी (ṭaṅkī)
- → Burmese: တိုင်ကီ (tuingki)
- → Indonesian: tank
- → Italian: tank, tanca
- → Japanese: タンク (tanku)
- → Kazakh: танк (tank)
- → Korean: 탱크 (taengkeu)
- → Kumyk: танк (tank)
- → Kyrgyz: танк (tank)
- → Latvian: tanks
- → Lezgi: танк (tank)
- → Lithuanian: tankas
- → Macedonian: тенк (tenk)
- → Malay: tank
- → Maori: taika
- → Mongolian: танк (tank)
- → Norwegian: tank, tanks
- → Ossetian: танк (tank)
- → Persian: تانک (tânk)
- → Portuguese: tanque (“armored vehicle”)
- → Quechua: tanki
- → Romanian: tanc
- → Romansch: tanc
- → Russian: танк (tank)
- → Rusyn: танк (tank)
- → Serbo-Croatian:
- → Slovak: tank
- → Slovene: tank
- → Swahili: tangi
- → Tajik: танк (tank), тонк (tonk)
- → Tamil: தாங்கி (tāṅki)
- → Tatar: танк (tank)
- → Turkish: tank
- → Turkmen: tank
- → Ukrainian: танк (tank)
- → Upper Sorbian: tank
- → Urdu: ٹینک (ṭaink)
- → Uzbek: tank
- → Vietnamese: xe tăng
- → Walloon: tank
- → Welsh: tanc
- → Yakut: тааҥка (taaŋka)
- → Yiddish: טאַנק (tank)
- To fail or fall (often used in describing the economy or the stock market); to degenerate or decline rapidly; to plummet.
- (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.
- (transitive) To put (fuel, etc.) into a tank.
- 1913, Geoffrey Martin, Industrial and manufacturing chemistry:
- Sometimes oils are tanked for months or years at a time (e.g., linseed oil).
- To deliberately lose a sports match with the intent of gaining a perceived future competitive advantage.
- 2006 March 6, Farber, Michael, “Swede Success”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), Sports Illustrated, archived from the original on 4 November 2012, 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."
- (fandom slang) To resist damage; to be attacked without being hurt.
- 2015 March 1, DudeFuckMath, “Bane [DC] vs Iron Fist [Marvel]”, in Reddit (r/whowouldwin), retrieved 2017-06-19:
- Unless Bane can tank Helicarrier-busting explosions I'm not sure how he stands a chance.
- 2016 June 2, MercinWithAMouth, “Superman Stongest Feat Ever”, in Comic Vine Forums, retrieved 2017-06-19:
- A weakened Superman tanked an explosion 50 times larger than the Kepler's Supernova and the electromagnetic shock wave hit him.
- 2016 July 22, Si-Phon Dom, “Big Barda Vs She Hulk”, in Comics Amino, retrieved 2017-06-19:
- Barda could BFR and I doubt She hulk is tanking a blow from her rod, so she takes.
- (poker, slang) To contemplate a decision for a long time; to go in the tank.
tank (plural tanks)
- A small Indian dry measure, averaging 240 grains in weight.
- A Bombay weight of 72 grains, for pearls.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Simmonds to this entry?)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for tank in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- “tank” in Patuzzi, Umberto, ed., (2013) Ünsarne Börtar [Our Words], Luserna, Italy: Comitato unitario delle linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien
- tank in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
- tank in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
- tank (for storage)
- Synonym: beholder
- (informal) filling station, gas station (US), petrol station (UK), service station
- Synonym: tankstation
See the etymology of the main entry.
- imperative of
- (Belgium) IPA(key): /tɑŋk/
- (Netherlands) IPA(key): /tɛŋk/
- Hyphenation: tank
- (Belgium) Rhymes: -ɑŋk
- (Netherlands) Rhymes: -ɛŋk
See the etymology of the main entry.
tank m (plural tanks)
- (military tank): char
- “tank” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
tank (plural tankok)
- tank (a closed container for liquids or gases)
- tank, fuel tank (the fuel reservoir of a vehicle)
- Synonym: üzemanyagtartály
- (military) tank, armoured fighting vehicle (military fighting vehicle)
- (photography) developing tank (a closed container used for developing film in a daylight environment)
- Synonym: előhívó tank
|Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)|
possessive - singular
possessive - plural
|Possessive forms of tank|
|possessor||single possession||multiple possessions|
|1st person sing.||tankom||tankjaim|
|2nd person sing.||tankod||tankjaid|
|3rd person sing.||tankja||tankjai|
|1st person plural||tankunk||tankjaink|
|2nd person plural||tankotok||tankjaitok|
|3rd person plural||tankjuk||tankjaik|
- ^ Tótfalusi, István. Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára (’A Storehouse of Foreign Words: an explanatory and etymological dictionary of foreign words’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2005. →ISBN
- tank in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’An Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.
Unadapted borrowing from Dutch tank, from English tank, from Portuguese tanque (“tank, liquid container”), originally from Indian vernacular for a large artificial water reservoir, cistern, pool, etc., for example, Gujarati ટાંકી (ṭā̃kī) or Marathi टाकी (ṭākī), from Sanskrit तडग (taḍaga, “pond”). Doublet of tangki.
- tank, an armoured fighting vehicle, armed with a gun in a turret, and moving on caterpillar tracks.
- “tank” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.
tank m (invariable)
- tank (military and container)
- a tank (container, as below)
- “tank” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- a tank (closed container for liquids or gases)
- “tank” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
- tank (container for liquids)
|Declension of tank|