tub definition by Webster's New World
- a round, broad, open, wooden container, usually formed of staves and hoops fastened around a flat bottom
- any similarly large, open container of metal, stone, etc., as for washing
- a small, round container: a tub of margarine
- as much as a tub will hold
- a bucket or tram for carrying coal, ore, etc. in a mine
- Brit., Informal a bath in a tub
- Informal a slow-moving, clumsy ship or boat
Origin: Middle English tubbe ; from MDu; akin to Middle Low German tobbe, East Frisian tubbe
tub definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An open, flat-bottomed vessel, usually round and typically wider than it is deep, used for washing, packing, or storing.b. The amount that such a vessel can hold.c. The contents of such a vessel.
- a. A bathtub.b. Informal A bath taken in a bathtub.
- Informal A wide, clumsy, slow-moving boat.
- a. A bucket used for conveying ore or coal up a mine shaft.b. A coal car used in a mine.
- To pack or store in a tub.
- To wash or bathe in a tub.
Origin: Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German tubbe.
- tubˈba·ble adjective
- tubˈber noun