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  1. the capacity of a tank or tanks.
  2. the act or process of storing liquid in a tank.
  3. the fee charged for such storage.
  4. the residue from tanks in which carcasses and other offal have been steamed and the fat has been rendered, used as a fertilizer.
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Origin of tankage

First recorded in 1865–70; tank + -age
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Examples from the Web for tankage

Historical Examples

  • Tankage may be used in part, and in it the nitrogen costs very little more per pound.

    Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement

    Alva Agee

  • The manufacturer gets his supply of phosphoric acid from rock, bone, or tankage exactly as does the home-mixer.

  • If half the required nitrogen per acre, or 4½ pounds, is wanted in tankage, 50 pounds of the tankage will supply it.

  • More often the tankage provided is insufficient, and thousands of barrels escape.

  • In Louisiana large quantities of tankage, cotton-seed meal, and acid phosphate are used to fertilize cane-fields.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

British Dictionary definitions for tankage


  1. the capacity or contents of a tank or tanks
  2. the act of storing in a tank or tanks, or a fee charged for such storage
  3. agriculture
    1. fertilizer consisting of the dried and ground residues of animal carcasses
    2. a protein supplement feed for livestock
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