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  1. a ship, airplane, or truck designed for bulk shipment of liquids or gases.
  2. a tank trailer or tank truck.
verb (used with object)
  1. to transport by tanker.

Origin of tanker

First recorded in 1895–1900; tank + -er1
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  1. a ship, lorry, or aeroplane designed to carry liquid in bulk, such as oil
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Word Origin and History for tanker


"ship for carrying oil or other liquid cargo," 1900, from tank (n.).

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