Meaning of TUBE in English


n. & v.


1. a long hollow rigid or flexible cylinder, esp. for holding or carrying air, liquids, etc.

2 a soft metal or plastic cylinder sealed at one end and having a screw cap at the other, for holding a semi-liquid substance ready for use (a tube of toothpaste).

3 Anat. & Zool. a hollow cylindrical organ in the body (bronchial tubes; Fallopian tubes).

4 (often prec. by the) colloq. the London underground railway system (went by tube).

5 a a cathode-ray tube esp. in a television set. b (prec. by the) esp. US colloq. television.

6 US a thermionic valve.

7 inner tube.

8 the cylindrical body of a wind instrument.

9 Austral. sl. a can of beer.

1. equip with tubes.

2 enclose in a tube.


tubeless adj. (esp. in sense 7 of n.). tubelike adj.

Etymology: F tube or L tubus

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.