tube

[ toob, tyoob ]
/ tub, tyub /

noun

verb (used with object), tubed, tub·ing.


Nearby words

  1. tubal ligation,
  2. tubal pregnancy,
  3. tubal-cain,
  4. tubate,
  5. tubby,
  6. tube cell,
  7. tube fly,
  8. tube foot,
  9. tube pan,
  10. tube railway

Idioms

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

Origin of tube

First recorded in 1590–1600, tube is from the Latin word tubus pipe

Related formstube·less, adjectivetube·like, adjectivemul·ti·tube, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tube

tube

/ (tjuːb) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formstubeless, adjectivetube-like, adjective

Word Origin for tube

C17: from Latin tubus

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Word Origin and History for tube

tube

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for tube

tube

[ tōōb ]

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with tube

tube

see down the tubes.

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