Meaning of TUBE in English

— tubeless , adj. — tubelike , adj.

/toohb, tyoohb/ , n. , v. , tubed, tubing .


1. a hollow, usually cylindrical body of metal, glass, rubber, or other material, used esp. for conveying or containing liquids or gases.

2. a small, collapsible, cylinder of metal or plastic sealed at one end and having a capped opening at the other from which paint, toothpaste, or some other semifluid substance may be squeezed.

3. Anat. , Zool. any hollow, cylindrical vessel or organ: the bronchial tubes.

4. Bot.

a. any hollow, elongated body or part.

b. the united lower portion of a gamopetalous corolla or a gamosepalous calyx.

5. See inner tube .

6. Electronics. See electron tube .

7. Informal.

a. television.

b. a television set.

8. See mailing tube .

9. the tubular tunnel in which an underground railroad runs.

10. the railroad itself.

11. Surfing Slang. the curled hollow formed on the underside of a cresting wave.

12. Brit. subway (def. 1).

13. Australian Slang. a can of beer.

14. Older Slang. a telescope.

15. down the tube or tubes , Informal. into a ruined, wasted, or abandoned state or condition.


16. to furnish with a tube or tubes.

17. to convey or enclose in a tube.

18. to form into the shape of a tube; make tubular.

[ 1590-1600; tubus pipe ]

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