Definition of tanker in English:



  • 1A ship, road vehicle, or aircraft for carrying liquids, especially petroleum, in bulk.

    • ‘A seemingly endless line of petrol tankers cruises along the road, their drivers smiling at us as we speed by.’
    • ‘The river is huge with big cargo-carrying ships and tankers designed for the ocean moving up and down river all the day and night.’
    • ‘Not only was little attention paid to the production of essential ships such as tankers and ocean freighters, but little attempt was made to stimulate the overall growth of the economy.’
    • ‘The blockade prevented about three to four ships, including tankers, from using the shipping lane, which is one of the busiest in the country.’
    • ‘Many tankers, cargo ships, and other vessels use so-called bunker oil as fuel, which contains large amounts of sulfur while the use of slow-speed engines also results in relatively high emissions of nitrogen oxides.’
    • ‘The rumble of fighters, tankers, reconnaissance aircraft and transports taking off became familiar sounds.’
    • ‘His neighbour describes the scene: ‘I looked out of the window and I saw the tanker coming down the road,’ she says.’
    • ‘In July it reported three attempted boardings in less than a week, with pirates firing automatic weapons at two gas tankers and an oil tanker.’
    • ‘Shipbuilders produced almost 6,000 combatant vessels, cargo ships, tankers, and minor types of vessels during the conflict.’
    • ‘Navy ships armed with missiles and machine guns now escort high value merchant vessels, such as cruise ships and tankers.’
    • ‘The driver was unaware the load was leaking and was only stopped by police as the tanker approached the slip road at junction 5 of the M65, several miles away.’
    • ‘A rogue ‘mother ship’ might follow a tanker or cargo ship out from port, and then send a fleet of powerboats to attack it in the middle of the night.’
    • ‘A further boarding party from Portland then arrived to check that the tanker was carrying the cargo of water specified on her manifest.’
    • ‘Instead, they buy oil from producers, line up buyers to refine it, and charter tankers to ship it.’
    • ‘According to a log sheet found at the scene, the tanker was carrying 8000 litres of 97 octane fuel and 18600 litres of diesoline.’
    • ‘Data collection took place primarily on an opportunistic basis, typically on-board ice-breakers, naval tankers, cargo ships and other vessels, or from coastal vantage points.’
    • ‘It is estimated that more than 2,000 tonnes of oil is lost to the country ever day – the equivalent of more than 150 road tankers.’
    • ‘Exporters liquefy the gas and ship it in tankers, then convert it back to gas at U.S. ports and deliver it through pipelines.’
    • ‘One lane of a motorway interchange will remain closed for up to two days after the smash yesterday in which a tanker carrying hot bitumen came off an M60 slip road and landed on a roundabout, hitting two cars and a lorry.’
    • ‘In other places, water is delivered by tankers and stored in tanks in gardens or on roofs, or is pumped into homes from deep-water wells.’
  • 2Military
    Member of a tank crew.

    • ‘By practicing these drills daily, every tanker should be as skilled at these techniques as any member of a light infantry battalion.’
    • ‘He also succeeds in depicting the valiant tankers and resourceful maintenance crews who battled long odds and kept American tank units in combat.’
    • ‘While German training is good, they are still using conscript crews, while U.S. tankers are all volunteers and in service longer.’
    • ‘Our tankers and Bradley crews have used virtual simulations for years to great effect.’
    • ‘We have also added basic instruction in tactical questioning, so that each tanker is introduced to being a sensor and learns how to question civilians or other people they encounter.’