- a hollow, usually cylindrical body of metal, glass, rubber, or other material, used especially for conveying or containing liquids or gases.
- 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.
- Anatomy, Zoology. any hollow, cylindrical vessel or organ: the bronchial tubes.
- any hollow, elongated body or part.
- the united lower portion of a gamopetalous corolla or a gamosepalous calyx.
- inner tube.
- Electronics. electron tube.
- mailing tube.
- the tubular tunnel in which an underground railroad runs.
- the railroad itself.
- Surfing Slang. the curled hollow formed on the underside of a cresting wave.
- British. subway(def 1).
- Australian Slang. a can of beer.
- Older Slang. a telescope.
- to furnish with a tube or tubes.
- to convey or enclose in a tube.
- to form into the shape of a tube; make tubular.
- down the tube/tubes, Informal. into a ruined, wasted, or abandoned state or condition.
Origin of tube
Examples from the Web for tube
Also, because a tube of lipstick stands in for the “i” in “science.”Girls Love Science. We Tell Them Not To.
July 17, 2014
Having a tube jabbed into an open wound in your throat is clearly not pleasant.
IranWire: Why did you decide to respond to Iranian state television by publishing a video of you singing in a London Tube station?Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped
June 9, 2014
When the tube heats up, it creates steam that can be injected into the oil well.Renewables Can Make Fossil Fuel More Efficient
The Daily Beast
May 29, 2014
If ever I give up my music," he says, "you might see me on the tube one day with a hood over my head climbing into a ring.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
"Good-morning," he said to the man who had instructed him concerning the Tube.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
There was a sneer on the monster as he pressed something on the tube.
The Viceroy turned suddenly, stared at them, fingering his tube.
Ned closed his hand on the tube of the bazooka and it was so much old drainpipe.Arm of the Law
There were only a Ruhmkorff coil and Crookes (vacuum) tube and the man himself.
- a long hollow and typically cylindrical object, used for the passage of fluids or as a container
- a collapsible cylindrical container of soft metal or plastic closed with a cap, used to hold viscous liquids or pastes
- the lower part of a gamopetalous corolla or gamosepalous calyx, below the lobes
- any other hollow structure in a plant
- the tube British
- Also called: the undergroundan underground railway systemUS and Canadian equivalent: subway
- the tunnels through which the railway runs
- the train itself
- (capital) trademarkthe London underground railway system
- the tube slang a television set
- British slang a stupid or despicable person
- Australian slang a bottle or can of beer
- surfing the cylindrical passage formed when a wave breaks and the crest tips forward
- an archaic word for telescope
- to fit or supply with a tube or tubes
- to carry or convey in a tube
- to shape like a tube
Word Origin and History for tube
1610s, from Middle French tube (mid-15c.), from Latin tubus "tube, pipe," of unknown origin. The London subway was christened the Twopenny Tube before it even opened (H.D. Browne, in the "Londoner" of June 30, 1900); tube for "cylindrical railway tunnel" is attested from 1847. The meaning "TV as a medium" is from 1959, short for cathode ray tube or picture tube. Tube top as a women's clothing style is attested from 1972. Tube steak is attested from 1963 as "frankfurter," slang meaning "penis" is recorded by mid-1980s. Tubing as a recreational pastime is recorded from 1975.
- A hollow cylinder, especially one that conveys a fluid or functions as a passage.
- An anatomical structure or organ having the shape or function of a tube; a duct.
Idioms and Phrases with tube
see down the tubes.