tank

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English[edit]

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A military tank.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Portuguese tanque(tank, liquid container), originally from Indian vernacular for a large artificial water reservoir, cistern, pool, etc., for example, Gujarati ટાંકી(ṭāṅkī), or Marathi [script needed] [script needed](take). 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 (1915).

Noun[edit]

tank ‎(plural tanks)

  1. A closed container for liquids or gases.
  2. An open container or pool for storing water or other liquids.
  3. A pond, pool, or small lake, natural or artificial.
    • Lawson
      The tanks are full and the grass is high.
  4. The fuel reservoir of a vehicle.
  5. The amount held by a container; a tankful.
    I burned three tanks of gas on the drive to New York.
  6. An armoured fighting vehicle, armed with a gun in a turret, and moving on caterpillar tracks.
  7. (Australian and Indian English) A reservoir or dam.
  8. (Southwestern US, chiefly Texas) A large metal container, usually placed near a wind-driven water pump, in an animal pen or field.
  9. (Southwestern US, chiefly Texas) By extension a small pond for the same purpose.
  10. (slang) A very muscular and physically imposing person. Somebody who is built like a tank.
  11. (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)
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tank ‎(third-person singular simple present tanks, present participle tanking, simple past and past participle tanked)

  1. To fail or fall (often used in describing the economy or the stock market); to degenerate or decline rapidly; to plummet.
  2. (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.
  3. To put fuel into a tank
  4. To deliberately lose a sports match with the intent of gaining a perceived future competitive advantage.
    • Farber, Michael (March 6, 2006), “Swede Success”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], Sports Illustrated, 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."

Etymology 2[edit]

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tank ‎(plural tanks)

  1. A small Indian dry measure, averaging 240 grains in weight.
  2. 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.

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Czech[edit]

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tank m

  1. tank, armor

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  • tank in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • tank in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing from English tank.

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  • IPA(key): /taːnk/, [tˢæːŋɡ̊]
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tank c (singular definite tanken, plural indefinite tanks)

  1. tank (military fighting vehicle)
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  • IPA(key): /tank/, [tˢɑŋ̩ˀɡ̊]

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tank c (singular definite tanken, plural indefinite tanke)

  1. tank (for storage)
  2. (informal) filling station, gas station (US), petrol station (UK), service station
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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English tank.

Noun[edit]

tank m ‎(plural tanks, diminutive tankje n)

  1. tank (military fighting vehicle)
  2. tank (storage)

Verb[edit]

tank

  1. first-person singular present indicative of tanken
  2. imperative of tanken

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English tank.

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tank m ‎(plural tanks)

  1. tank (military vehicle)
  2. tank (container, Quebec French)

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  • (military tank): char

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tank

  1. Imperative singular of tanken.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of tanken.

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English tank.

Noun[edit]

tank m ‎(invariable)

  1. tank (military and container)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English tank

Noun[edit]

tank m ‎(definite singular tanken, indefinite plural tanker, definite plural tankene)

  1. a tank (container, as below)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing from English tank.

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tank m ‎(definite singular tanken, indefinite plural tankar, definite plural tankane)

  1. a tank (closed container for liquids or gases)
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Verb[edit]

tank

  1. imperative of tanka and tanke

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Swedish[edit]

tank

Noun[edit]

tank c

  1. tank (container for liquids)

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Inflection of tank 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative tank tanken tankar tankarna
Genitive tanks tankens tankars tankarnas

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