[ adjective too-byuh-lit, -leyt, tyoo-; verb too-byuh-leyt, tyoo- ]
/ adjective ˈtu byə lɪt, -ˌleɪt, ˈtyu-; verb ˈtu byəˌleɪt, ˈtyu- /


Also tu·bu·lat·ed. shaped like or having a tube.

verb (used with object), tu·bu·lat·ed, tu·bu·lat·ing.

to form into or furnish with a tube.

Nearby words

  1. tubular cyst,
  2. tubular forceps,
  3. tubular gland,
  4. tubular maximum,
  5. tubular skate,
  6. tubule,
  7. tubuliferous,
  8. tubuliflorous,
  9. tubulin,
  10. tubuloacinar gland

Origin of tubulate

1745–55; < Latin tubulātus; see tubule, -ate1

Related formstu·bu·la·tion, nountu·bu·la·tor, noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tubulate

  • Thus, for example, the tubulate corolla supposes the pre-existence of unguiculate petals.

    Everyday Objects|W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for tubulate


verb (ˈtjuːbjʊˌleɪt) (tr)

to form or shape into a tube
to fit or furnish with a tube

adjective (ˈtjuːbjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

a less common word for tubular
Derived Formstubulation, nountubulator, noun

Word Origin for tubulate

C18: from Latin tubulātus, from tubulus a little pipe, from tubus pipe

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012