[too-byuh-ler, tyoo-]


having the form or shape of a tube; tubiform.
of or relating to a tube or tubes.
characterized by or consisting of tubes.

Origin of tubular

1665–75; < New Latin tubulāris; see tubule, -ar1
Related formstu·bu·lar·i·ty, nountu·bu·lar·ly, adverbin·ter·tu·bu·lar, adjectivemul·ti·tu·bu·lar, adjectivenon·tu·bu·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tubular

Historical Examples of tubular

  • The garment is tubular and unprovided with hinges at the points of flexion.

  • Much to Quirl's delight, the long, tubular passage was deserted.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • It seemed a flimsy structure, supported only by tubular steel.

    The Stutterer

    R.R. Merliss

  • In these cases the tubular form may rather be due to dilatation than to cohesion.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • This was the first bridge ever built on the tubular principle.

    The Iron Horse

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for tubular



Also: tubiform (ˈtjuːbɪˌfɔːm) having the form of a tube or tubes
of or relating to a tube or tubing
Derived Formstubularity, nountubularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tubular

1670s, "having the form of a tube or pipe," from Latin tubulus "a small pipe" (see tube) + -ar. Teen slang sense attested by 1982, Valspeak, apparently from surfers' slang for a hollow, curling wave, ideal for riding.

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