Meaning of TUBE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ tju:b, AM tu:b ]

( tubes)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A tube is a long hollow object that is usually round, like a pipe.

He is fed by a tube that enters his nose.

...a cardboard tube.



A tube of something such as paste is a long, thin container which you squeeze in order to force the paste out.

...a tube of toothpaste.

...a small tube of moisturizer.

N-COUNT : oft N of n


Some long, thin, hollow parts in your body are referred to as tubes .

The lungs are in fact constructed of thousands of tiny tubes.



The tube is the underground railway system in London. ( BRIT )

I took the tube then the train and came straight here...

N-SING : the N , also by N


You can refer to the television as the tube . ( AM INFORMAL; in BRIT, use the box )

The only baseball he saw was on the tube.

= TV

N-COUNT : the N


If a business, economy, or institution goes down the tubes or goes down the tube , it fails or collapses completely. ( mainly AM INFORMAL )

The country was going down the tubes economically...

PHRASE : V inflects


see also bronchial tube , cathode-ray tube , fallopian tube , inner tube , test tube

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