comes from mmorpgs, where you would have a healer in your party and a person with high defense. (i.e. meat sack-o-shield warriors). the warrior rush an opponent and the monk would do their best to keep the warrior alive with healing and stat bonuses. then, the other members could
a)fight and hit hard
b)run away like scared little girls

so, in essence, it is a big distraction to open opportunites for attack or to run away, like a sacrifice but to keepp it alive.
Chaos Deity had the best plan to win by tanking the enemy patrol and having his team run away.
po Chaos Deity Октобар 6, 2005
The word tanking, in terms of sport, would be used to describe a bad performance

Tanking is the act of giving up a match or "throwing it away", losing intentionally or not competing.
I tanked my match so bad!

She was tanking her match.

He tanked the match after losing the first set.

They tanked their match because they got angry with the referee/umpire.
po Morrha Јануар 22, 2008
In reference to Magic: The Gathering gameplay. tanking is the act of "going into the tank" coming from 'think tank'. a player "in the tank" is considering their next line of play.
My magic online opponent has been tanking for several minutes now. I'm not sure what he could come out with to save him.
po cheezburgler Октобар 24, 2010
Something robust that is travelling very fast and carrying a lot of momentum, rendering it largely unstoppable and on the edge of potential catastrophe.

Something that you wouldn't want to stand in the way of.
• The bus was tanking down the hill, had to jump out the way!
• He was absolutely tanking it (with disregard to others).
po Chªrly Март 29, 2012
The process by which a person expels excrement into the toilet tank, instead of the bowl, resulting in a disgusting surprise when one flushes.
I'm tanking in Mr. Dookie's toilet!
po Boner and Asshole Мај 24, 2009
Tanking is the act of going as fast as you can.

The meaning comes from riding mopeds, which are typicaly a slow form of transport. To get them to go faster, a rider can reduce their profile and improve their aerodynamics by laying flat on the fuel tank; "tanking it".
"You got here quickly, didn't you?"

"Yeah, I was tanking it all the way"
po anonymous_cunt Новембар 11, 2011
In dotA, using your hero to absorb enemy damage.

Effective when pushing, a tanker can absorb large amounts of damage while the rest of the team can focus on killing the enemy heroes.
Pudge: Look at the lvl 1 fv tanking those creeps. What a nub.
Faceless Void: stfu fattie, b0w dwn! 11! one!

later...

Faceless Void: 1 HoT and 2 Butterflies. I'm a tank.
Pudge: I'm so damn fat.
po jschmidty89 Јануар 20, 2008

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