- 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.
Origin of tube
Related Words for tubepipe, duct, cylinder, tunnel, pipeline, conduit, chute, straw, subway, pipette, cannula
Examples from the Web for tube
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of tube
"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.
- 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.