Meaning of TUBE in English



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


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

He is fed by a ~ that enters his nose.

...a cardboard ~.



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

...a ~ of toothpaste.

...a small ~ of moisturizer.

N-COUNT: oft N of n


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

The lungs are in fact constructed of thousands of tiny ~s.



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

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

N-SING: the N, also by N


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

The only baseball he saw was on the ~.

= TV

N-COUNT: the N


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

The country was going down the ~s economically...

PHRASE: V inflects


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

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