Skip to main content
Select Source:

tube

tube / t(y)oōb/ • n. 1. a long, hollow cylinder of metal, plastic, glass, etc., for holding or transporting something, chiefly liquids or gases. ∎  the inner tube of a bicycle tire. ∎  material in such a cylindrical form; tubing: the firm manufactures steel tube for a wide variety of applications. 2. a thing in the form of or resembling such a cylinder, in particular: ∎  a flexible metal or plastic container sealed at one end and having a screw cap at the other, for holding a semiliquid substance ready for use: a tube of toothpaste. ∎  a rigid cylindrical container: a tube of lipstick. ∎  Anat., Zool., , & Bot. a hollow cylindrical organ or structure in an animal body or in a plant (e.g., a Eustachian tube, a sieve tube). ∎  (tubes) inf. a woman's fallopian tubes. ∎  a woman's close-fitting garment, typically without darts or other tailoring and made from a single piece of knitted or elasticized fabric: [as adj.] stretchy tube skirts. ∎  (in surfing) the hollow curve under the crest of a breaking wave. 3. (the tube) Brit., inf. the subway system in London. ∎  a train running on this system: I caught the tube home. 4. a sealed container, typically of glass and either evacuated or filled with gas, containing two electrodes between which an electric current can be made to flow. ∎  a cathode-ray tube, esp. in a television set. ∎  (the tube) inf. television: another wasted evening, sitting in front of the tube. ∎  a vacuum tube. • v. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (tubed) provide with a tube or tubes: [in comb.] a giant eight-tubed hookah. PHRASES: go down the tubes (or tube) inf. be completely lost or wasted; fail utterly: we watched his political career go down the tubes.DERIVATIVES: tube·less adj. tube·like / -ˌlīk/ adj.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"tube." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"tube." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 22, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tube-0

"tube." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved August 22, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tube-0

tube

tube (tewb) n. (in anatomy) a long hollow cylindrical structure, e.g. a Fallopian tube.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"tube." A Dictionary of Nursing. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"tube." A Dictionary of Nursing. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 22, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/caregiving/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tube

"tube." A Dictionary of Nursing. . Retrieved August 22, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/caregiving/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tube

tube

tube XVII. — F. tube or L. tubus, rel. to tuba (see prec.).

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"tube." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"tube." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 22, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tube-1

"tube." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Retrieved August 22, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tube-1

tube

tube, in electronics: see electron tube.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"tube." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"tube." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 22, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/tube

"tube." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Retrieved August 22, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/tube

tube

tubeboob, cube, droob, j'adoube, jube, lube, rube, tube •jujube • Danube

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"tube." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"tube." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 22, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tube

"tube." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Retrieved August 22, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tube