a broad, round, open, wooden container, usually made of staves held together by hoops and fitted around a flat bottom.
any of various containers resembling or suggesting a tub: a tub for washing clothes.
the amount a tub will hold.
Informal. a short and fat person.
Nautical. an old, slow, or clumsy vessel.
British Informal. a bath in a bathtub.
Mining. an ore car; tram.
Military Slang. a two-seat aircraft, especially a trainer.
to place or keep in a tub.
British Informal. to bathe in a bathtub.
British Informal. to bathe oneself in a bathtub.
Informal. to undergo washing, especially without damage, as a fabric: This cotton print tubs well.
- tub·ba·ble, adjective
- tubber, noun
- tublike, adjective
- un·der·tub, noun
- un·tubbed, adjective
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How to use tub in a sentence
And that is not the worst; at Tubber-vanach A woman met a man with ears spread out, And they moved up and down like a bat's wing.The Countess Cathleen | William Butler Yeats
A cup of water from the well of Tubber Neeve, the same to be drawn up in a new tin can that never was used.Lady Bountiful | George A. Birmingham
One object alone gave a zest to existence,—to discover Mr. Cor-rigan, and place within his hands the title-deeds of Tubber-more.Roland Cashel | Charles James Lever
I intind, if I can, to take a bit of land somewhere near Tubber Derg.Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories | William Carleton
The house stood on a gentle eminence, beneath which a sweep of green meadow stretched away to the skirts of Tubber Derg.Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories | William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for tub
a low wide open container, typically round, originally one made of wood and used esp for washing: now made of wood, plastic, metal, etc, and used in a variety of domestic and industrial situations
a small plastic or cardboard container of similar shape for ice cream, margarine, etc
Also called: bathtub another word (esp US and Canadian) for bath 1 (def. 1)
Also called: tubful the amount a tub will hold
a clumsy slow boat or ship
informal (in rowing) a heavy wide boat used for training novice oarsmen
Also called: tram, hutch
a small vehicle on rails for carrying loads in a mine
a container for lifting coal or ore up a mine shaft; skip
British informal to wash (oneself or another) in a tub
(tr) to keep or put in a tub
- tubbable, adjective
- tubber, noun
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