tube

tube [ tub ] noun count **
▸ 1 object like a pipe
▸ 2 long narrow container
▸ 3 long thin part inside body
▸ 4 television
▸ 5 cathode ray tube
▸ 6 underground train
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) a long narrow object similar to a pipe that liquid or gas can move through:
Nurses had to feed Dan through a tube.
a ) an object shaped like a tube:
a toilet paper tube
2. ) a long narrow plastic or metal container with a lid at one end that you squeeze in order to push out the soft substance inside:
tube of: a tube of toothpaste
a ) a large container shaped like a tube used for storing things like papers, maps, and pictures
b ) a small container shaped like a tube for holding CANDY or other food
c ) AUSTRALIAN INFORMAL a can of a drink, especially beer
3. ) a long thin part inside your body that is shaped like a tube:
fallopian tubes
4. ) the tube AMERICAN INFORMAL television
5. ) a CATHODE RAY TUBE
6. ) the tube or the Tube BRITISH INFORMAL the system of underground trains in London
a ) an underground train in London:
What time's the last tube?
go down the tubes/tube INFORMAL
1. ) to fail completely:
This company is going down the tubes.
2. ) to be wasted:
Theresa could see all her good work going down the tubes.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • tube — tube …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • tube — [ tyb ] n. m. • 1611; « voûte » mot région. (Nord) 1453; lat. tubus 1 ♦ Appareil de forme cylindrique, ou conduit à section circulaire, généralement rigide (verre, quartz, plastique, métal), ouvert à une extrémité ou aux deux. Calibre d un tube.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tube — Tube, n. [L. tubus; akin to tuba a trumpet: cf F. tube.] 1. A hollow cylinder, of any material, used for the conveyance of fluids, and for various other purposes; a pipe. [1913 Webster] 2. A telescope. Glazed optic tube. Milton. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tube — may refer to:Electronics *vacuum tube, a component of electronics *cathode ray tube, a common component of electronics such as televisions and other displays *Tube, An expansion bus on the BBC Micro computer *Nokia 5800 Tube , A mobile phoneFood… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • tube — (n.) 1610s, from M.Fr. tube (mid 15c.), from L. tubus tube, pipe, of unknown origin. The London subway was christened the Twopenny Tube before it even opened (H.D. Browne, in the Londoner of June 30, 1900); tube for cylindrical railway tunnel is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tube — (englisch für Rohr, Röhre) bezeichnet: einen biegsamen Behälter mit Schraub oder Klickverschluss zum Herausdrücken einer Paste, siehe Tube (Behälter) die Verbindung zwischen Ohr und Rachen, siehe Eustachi Röhre den Eileiter (lat. Tuba uterina,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tube — Sf std. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. tube, das über frz. tube m. auf l. tubus m. Röhre zurückgeht.    Ebenso nndl. tube, ne. tube, nfrz. tube, nschw. tub, nnorw. tube; Tuba. ✎ Röhrich 3 (1992), 1648; DF 5 (1981), 522. englisch frz …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • tube — ► NOUN 1) a long, hollow cylinder for conveying or holding liquids or gases. 2) a flexible metal or plastic container sealed at one end and having a cap at the other. 3) a hollow cylindrical organ or structure in an animal or plant. 4) Brit.… …   English terms dictionary

  • tube — TUBE. s. m. Terme dogmatique. Tuyau, sarbacanne, conduit, canal de plomb, de fer &c. par où l air & les choses liquides passent & ont une issuë libre. Tube de carton. tube de laiton, de cuivre, de fer &c. le tube d une lunette de longue veuë. il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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