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tank car

Railroads. a car containing one or more tanks for the transportation of liquids, gases, or granular solids.
Origin of tank car
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We had a canteen and were only five miles from a tank car with water in it!

    The Cruise of a Schooner Albert W. Harris
  • Just ahead of our tank car, was a carload of valuable horses.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • To turn back, however, meant miles to water, and we had just sighted the tank car.

    The Cruise of a Schooner Albert W. Harris
  • We also designed a tank car originally for the shipment of chlorpicrin and later used it for shipping sulphur monochloride.

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