- 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
Examples from the Web for tubed
Historical Examples of tubed
"Reckon it is, Welks," said Richard, drawing it through his tubed left hand.The Kentons
William Dean Howells
They are not tubed or hollow; but he has a sort of groove on the outside of the tooth, down which the deadly poison flows.Across India
The spring was discovered several years ago, but only recently was it tubed so as to be available.
This fountain was the first tubed in this mineral valley, being opened by Gideon Putnam, in 1806.
When the rock was reached two streams were found issuing from a fissure; one of them was tubed, and water rose to the surface.
- 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.