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"Look at that dog-fish," said Vavasor, pointing to the largest in the tank.

He appears to think that so distinguished a criminal should have been ducked in a tank of rosewater.

For a moment he fancied the tank must be empty, for nothing came of his efforts.

Peters clubbed Tremont's foot from the tank rack he had hooked with the toe.

Then Professor Wentworth switched off the current and stepped toward the tank.

The lad had plunged, they said, into a tank at Les Fondettes.

First the tank is filled about three-quarters full with gasolene.

An air-pressure is then produced in the tank with a bicycle pump.

Others might scrub the yard and the galleries, but he should scrub out the tank.

The poor woman's diary and the tank are preserved in the Museum at Brisbane.


1610s, "pool or lake for irrigation or drinking water," a word originally brought by the Portuguese from India, ultimately from Gujarati tankh "cistern, underground reservoir for water," Marathi tanken, or tanka "reservoir of water, tank."

Perhaps from Sanskrit tadaga-m "pond, lake pool," and reinforced in later sense of "large artificial container for liquid" (1680s) by Portuguese tanque "reservoir," from estancar "hold back a current of water," from Vulgar Latin *stanticare (see stanch). But others say the Portuguese word is the source of the Indian ones.

Meaning "fuel container" is recorded from 1902. Military use originated 1915, partly as a code word, partly because they looked like benzene tanks. They were first used in action at Pozieres ridge, on the Western Front, Sept. 15, 1916. Slang meaning "detention cell" is from 1912.


armored vehicle

nounarmored car
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