- any hollow, elongated body or part.
- the united lower portion of a gamopetalous corolla or a gamosepalous calyx.
verb (used with object), tubed, tub·ing.
- tubal ligation,
- tubal pregnancy,
- tube cell,
- tube fly,
- tube foot,
- tube pan,
- tube railway
Origin of tube
Examples from the Web for tube
Also, because a tube of lipstick stands in for the “i” in “science.”
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?
When the tube heats up, it creates steam that can be injected into the oil well.
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|DAILY BEAST
And listening, there comes up to him from the depths faintly, through the tube: "I'm uninjured, but am bound and helpless."Miss Dividends|Archibald Clavering Gunter
Breathing through a tube, if continued for a long time, interferes with the natural growth of the air-passage above it.
It will also help greatly to make a water-tight joint around the tube.Boys' Book of Model Boats|Raymond Francis Yates
Again there was no sensory reaction to passing through the Tube.Gone Fishing|James H. Schmitz
Allow the bulb and tube to cool, then repeat the heating once more.A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing|Bernard D. Bolas
- the lower part of a gamopetalous corolla or gamosepalous calyx, below the lobes
- any other hollow structure in a plant
- 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
Word Origin 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.
see down the tubes.