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[tangk-foo l] /ˈtæŋk fʊl/
noun, plural tankfuls.
the amount a tank can hold.
Origin of tankful
First recorded in 1885-90; tank + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • De good Lord bress dose chillen, an' give 'em as tankful hearts as we hab dis day!

  • I did not inquire, for our tankful lasted us the week of our stay.

    The Car That Went Abroad Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Jimmy Shovel climbed over the coal to see, and reported less than half a tankful.

    Empire Builders Francis Lynde
  • Oil in small cans is worth far more for consumption than it would be if each consumer were forced to buy a tankful.

  • In this emergency a tankful of sand is better than all the air Westinghouse ever stored.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • The informed motorist does not arrive at the gates of Paris with a tankful of gasoline.

    The Car That Went Abroad Albert Bigelow Paine
  • They beat out the sparks with wet blankets, and chopped, and squirted that tankful of water, and behaved like heroes.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster

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