[ too-byuh-ler, tyoo- ]
/ ˈtu byə lər, ˈtyu- /


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

Nearby words

  1. tuboplasty,
  2. tubotorsion,
  3. tubotympanic,
  4. tubouterine,
  5. tubuai islands,
  6. tubular bell,
  7. tubular bells,
  8. tubular carcinoma,
  9. tubular cyst,
  10. tubular forceps

Origin of tubular

1665–75; < New Latin tubulāris; see tubule, -ar1

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British Dictionary definitions for tubular


/ (ˈtjuːbjʊlə) /


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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