A tender or coal-car is a special rail vehicle hauled by a steam locomotive containing the locomotive's fuel and water. Steam locomotives consume large quantities of water compared to the quantity of fuel, so tenders are necessary to keep the locomotive running over long distances. A locomotive that pulls a tender is called a tender locomotive. Locomotives that do not have tenders and carry all their fuel and water on board the locomotive are called tank engines.

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  1. regard; care; kind concern

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. Someone who tends or waits on someone.
  2. A railroad car towed behind a steam engine to carry fuel and water.
  3. A naval ship that functions as a mobile base for other ships.
    submarine tender
    destroyer tender
  4. A smaller boat used for transportation between a large ship and the shore.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. A means of payment such as a check or cheque, cash or credit card.
    Your credit card has been declined. You need to provide some other tender such as cash.
  2. A formal offer to buy or sell something.
    We will submit our tender to you within the week.
  3. Any offer or proposal made for acceptance.


  1. To make tender or delicate; to weaken.
  2. To feel tenderly towards; to regard fondly.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To offer, to give.
    to tender one’s resignation
  2. To offer a payment, as at sales or auctions.
    In business law, a tender offer is an invitation to shareholders of a corporation to tender, or exchange, their shares in return for a monetary buy-out.


  1. Sensitive or painful to the touch.
  2. Easily bruised or injured; not firm or hard; delicate.
    tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit
  3. Physically weak; not able to endure hardship.
  4. Soft and easily chewed.
  5. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
  6. Fond, loving, gentle, sweet.
    Suzanne was such a tender and sweet mother to her children.
  7. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic.
    tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain
  8. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
    a tender subject
  9. Heeling over too easily when under sail; said of a vessel.
  10. Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
  11. Careful to keep inviolate, or not to injure; used with of.

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