tube

tube [to͞ob, tyo͞ob]
n.
[Fr < L tubus, a pipe]
1.
a) a hollow cylinder or pipe of metal, glass, rubber, etc., usually long in proportion to its diameter, used for conveying fluids, etc.
b) an instrument, part, organ, etc. resembling a tube [bronchial tubes, eustachian tubes]
c) a fallopian tube: usually used in pl.
2. a rubber casing inflated with air and used, esp. formerly, with an outer casing to form an automotive tire
3. a cylindrical container made of thin, pliable metal, plastic, etc., fitted at one end with a screw cap, and used for holding pastes or semiliquids, which can be squeezed out
4. short for:
a) ELECTRON TUBE
b) VACUUM TUBE
5.
a) a tubular tunnel for a railroad, subway, etc.
b) Brit. an underground electric railway; subway
6. Bot. the lower, united part of a gamopetalous corolla or a gamosepalous calyx
7. Elec. the tubular space bounded by the lines of electric or magnetic force passing through every point on a closed curve on the outside of a charged body: in full tube of flux or tube of force
vt.
tubed, tubing
1. to provide with, place in, or pass through a tube or tubes
2. to make tubular
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down the tube or down the tubes
Informal in or into a condition of failure, defeat, etc.
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☆ the tube
Informal television
tubelike
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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