- Tube means a hollow cylinder.
An example of a tube is manicotti pasta.
- The definition of a tube is a pliable container with a screw cap at one end to keep it closed.
An example of tube is the container that toothpaste comes in.
- a hollow cylinder or pipe of metal, glass, rubber, etc., usually long in proportion to its diameter, used for conveying fluids, etc.
- an instrument, part, organ, etc. resembling a tube: bronchial tubes, eustachian tubes
- a fallopian tube: usually used in pl.
- a rubber casing inflated with air and used, esp. formerly, with an outer casing to form an automotive tire
- a cylindrical container made of thin, pliable metal, plastic, etc., fitted at one end with a screw cap, and used for holding pastes or semiliquids, which can be squeezed out
- electron tube
- vacuum tube
- a tubular tunnel for a railroad, subway, etc.
- Brit. an underground electric railway; subway
- Bot. the lower, united part of a gamopetalous corolla or a gamosepalous calyx
- Elec. the tubular space bounded by the lines of electric or magnetic force passing through every point on a closed curve on the outside of a charged bodyin full tube of flux or tube of force
Origin of tubeFrench from Classical Latin tubus, a pipe
transitive verbtubed, tub′ing
- to provide with, place in, or pass through a tube or tubes
- to make tubular
down the tube
Origin of tubein ref. to the cathode-ray tube, or picture tube
- a. A hollow cylinder, especially one that conveys a fluid or functions as a passage.b. An organic structure having the shape or function of a tube; a duct: a bronchial tube.
- A small flexible cylindrical container sealed at one end and having a screw cap at the other, for pigments, toothpaste, or other pastelike substances.
- Music The cylindrical part of a wind instrument.
- Electronics a. An electron tube.b. A vacuum tube.
- Botany The lower, cylindrical part of a gamopetalous corolla or a gamosepalous calyx.
- a. A tunnel.b. An underground railroad system, especially the one in London, England.
- The elongated space inside a wave when it is breaking.
- a. An inner tube.b. An inflatable tube or cushion made of rubber or plastic and used for recreational riding, as behind a motor boat or down a snow-covered slope.
- Informal a. Television: What's on the tube?b. A television set.
- tubes Informal The fallopian tubes.
verbtubed, tub·ing, tubes
- To provide with a tube; insert a tube in.
- To place in or enclose in a tube.
Origin of tubeFrench from Old French from Latin tubus
- Anything that is hollow and cylindrical in shape.
- An approximately cylindrical container, usually with a crimped end and a screw top, used to contain and dispense semi-liquid substances.
- A tube of toothpaste.
- (UK, colloquial, often capitalized as Tube) The London Underground railway system, originally referred to the lower level lines that ran in tubular tunnels as opposed to the higher ones which ran in rectangular section tunnels. (Often the tube.)
- No mate, I am taking the tube!
- (Australia, slang) A tin can containing beer (other beverage?).
- (surfing) A wave which pitches forward when breaking, creating a hollow space inside.
- (North America, colloquial) A television. Also, derisively, boob tube. British: telly
- Are you just going to sit around all day and watch the tube?
Use for beer can was popularised in UK by a long-running series of advertisements for Foster's lager, where Paul Hogan used a phrase "crack an ice-cold tube" previously associated with Barry Humphries' character Barry McKenzie. (For discussion of this see Paul Matthew St. Pierre's book cited above.)
(third-person singular simple present tubes, present participle tubing, simple past and past participle tubed)
- To make or use tubes
- She tubes lipstick.
- They tubed down the Colorado River.
From Middle French tube, from Latin tubus (“tube, pipe").
- (informal) The London Underground