Meaning of TUBE in English

TUBE

/ tjuːb; NAmE tuːb/ noun

PIPE

1.

[ C ] a long hollow pipe made of metal, plastic, rubber, etc., through which liquids or gases move from one place to another

—see also cathode ray tube , inner tube , test tube

2.

[ C ] a hollow object in the shape of a pipe or tube :

a bike's inner tube

the cardboard tube from the centre of a toilet roll

CONTAINER

3.

[ C ] tube (of sth) a long narrow container made of soft metal or plastic, with a lid, used for holding thick liquids that can be squeezed out of it :

a tube of toothpaste

4.

( AustralE , informal ) a can of beer :

a tube of lager

PART OF BODY

5.

[ C ] a part inside the body that is shaped like a tube and through which air, liquid, etc. passes :

bronchial tubes

—picture at organ

—see also Fallopian tubes

UNDERGROUND RAILWAY

6.

the tube [ sing. ] ( BrE ) the underground railway system in London :

a tube station / train

We came by tube .

➡ note at underground

TELEVISION

7.

the tube [ sing. ] ( NAmE , informal ) the television

IN EAR

8.

[ C ] ( NAmE ) = grommet

IDIOMS

- go down the tube / tubes

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent.: from French tube or Latin tubus .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.