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tanker (n.)

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

updated on July 06, 2012

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Definitions of tanker from WordNet

tanker (n.)
a cargo ship designed to carry crude oil in bulk;
Synonyms: oil tanker / oiler / tank ship
tanker (n.)
a soldier who drives a tank;
Synonyms: tank driver
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