tank

1. noun
a) A container for liquids or gases, typically with a volume of several cubic metres.
b) An armoured fighting vehicle, armed with a gun in a turret, and moving on caterpillar tracks.
Syn: battle tank, combat tank, armour, tango
2. verb
a) To fail or fall (often used in describing the economy or the stock market); to degenerate or decline rapidly; to plummet.

Beforehand, Swedish [national ice hockey team] coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson had ruminated about tanking against Slovakia to avoid powerful Canada or the Czechs in the quarters [i.e., quarterfinals of the 2006 Winter Olympic tournament], telling Swedish television, "One is cholera, the other the plague."

b) (Video game jargon) To attract the attacks of an enemy target in cooperative team-based combat, so that ones teammates can defeat the enemy in question more efficiently.

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  • tank — tank …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Tank — Tank …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • tank — [ tɑ̃k ] n. m. • 1857; mot angl. « réservoir »; tanque « citerne pour se baigner, aux Indes » 1617; mot port. 1 ♦ Citerne d un navire pétrolier. Cylindre métallique de grandes dimensions utilisé comme réservoir dans certaines industries. Tank à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tank — Tank  игровой автомат, работающий при опускании жетонов. Представляет собой простую аркадную игру для двух игроков. Выпущен 5 ноября 1974 года компанией Kee Games, дочерним предприятием Особенности Tank  первый игровой автомат, использовавший для …   Википедия

  • tank — [tæŋk] noun in the tank FINANCE likely to fail and lose money: • With the junk bond market in the tank, smarter investors are trying to pick up other investments • Sales can t keep going up at that rate, but that doesn t mean the industry is… …   Financial and business terms

  • tank — [taŋk] n. [ TANK sense 1 < Gujarati tānkh; other senses < or infl. by Sp & Port tanque, aphetic < estanque, a pool, stoppage of flow < estancar, to stop the flow of < VL * stanticare, to STAUNCH] 1. Archaic in India, a natural or… …   English World dictionary

  • Tank — (t[a^][ng]k), n. [Pg. tanque, L. stangum a pool; or perhaps of East Indian origin. Cf. {Stank}, n.] 1. A large basin or cistern; an artificial receptacle for liquids. [1913 Webster] 2. A pond, pool, or small lake, natural or artificial. [Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tank — Sm std. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. tank, das mit port. tanque auf hindī tānkh Wasserbehälter zurückgeht. Es war zuvor schon im 17. Jh. in deutschen Reisebeschreibungen erwähnt worden. Die Übertragung auf gepanzerte Kraftwagen erfolgte …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Tank — Tank, Kampf oder Sturmwagen mit eigener Fahrbahn und Raupenantrieb. Aus den Streit und Sichelwagen des Altertums entwickelten sich im Mittelalter die Turmwagen zum Berennen von Festungen. Leonardo da Vinci, Roberto Valturio und Berthold… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • tank up — (something) to fill the fuel container of a vehicle with gas or other fuel. There won t be any gas stations for miles and miles, so we d better tank up now. It s always a good idea to tank up a rented car before you return it …   New idioms dictionary

  • Tank — »(meist transportabler) Flüssigkeitsbehälter (z. B. für Benzin)«, früher auch in der übertragenen Bedeutung »Panzerwagen« (ursprünglich als Deckname) gebraucht: Das seit dem 17. Jh. bezeugte Fremdwort ist in beiden Bedeutungen aus engl. tank… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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