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Meaning of tube by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Proper noun


    1. ( informal ) The London Underground


Explanation of tube by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. place or enclose in a tube

    2. ride or float on an inflated tube

    3. We tubed down the river on a hot summer day
    4. convey in a tube

    5. inside Paris, they used to tube mail
    6. provide with a tube or insert a tube into

    1. an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground ( usually in a city )

    2. in Paris the subway system is called the `metro' and in London it is called the `tube' or the `underground'
    3. conduit consisting of a long hollow object ( usually cylindrical ) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases

    4. electronic device consisting of a system of electrodes arranged in an evacuated glass or metal envelope

    5. any hollow cylindrical body structure

    6. a hollow cylindrical shape

    Definition of tube by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Subway n.
      1. An underground way or gallery; especially, a passage under a street, in which water mains, gas mains, telegraph wires, etc., are conducted.

      2. An underground railroad, usually having trains powered by electricity provided by an electric line running through the underground tunnel. It is usually confined to the center portion of cities; -- called also tube, and in Britain, underground. In certain other countries ( as in France or Russia ) it is called the metro.

    2. 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.

      2. A telescope. “Glazed optic tube.” Milton.

      3. A vessel in animal bodies or plants, which conveys a fluid or other substance.

      4. ( Bot. ) The narrow, hollow part of a gamopetalous corolla.

      5. ( Gun. ) A priming tube, or friction primer. See under Priming, and Friction.

      6. ( Steam Boilers ) A small pipe forming part of the boiler, containing water and surrounded by flame or hot gases, or else surrounded by water and forming a flue for the gases to pass through.

      7. ( Zool. ) A more or less cylindrical, and often spiral, case secreted or constructed by many annelids, crustaceans, insects, and other animals, for protection or concealment. See Illust. of Tubeworm. One of the siphons of a bivalve mollusk.

      8. ( Elec. Railways ) A tunnel for a tube railway; also ( Colloq. ), a tube railway; a subway. [Chiefly Eng.] In the New York area, the subways running under the Hudson River are sometimes referred to as the tube.

      Capillary tube, a tube of very fine bore. See Capillary. -- Fire tube ( Steam Boilers ), a tube which forms a flue. -- Tube coral. ( Zool. ) Same as Tubipore. -- Tube foot ( Zool. ), one of the ambulacral suckers of an echinoderm. -- Tube plate, or Tube sheet ( Steam Boilers ), a flue plate. See under Flue. -- Tube pouch ( Mil. ), a pouch containing priming tubes. -- Tube spinner ( Zool. ), any one of various species of spiders that construct tubelike webs. They belong to Tegenaria, Agelena, and allied genera. -- Water tube ( Steam Boilers ), a tube containing water and surrounded by flame or hot gases.

    3. Tube, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tubed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tubing.] To furnish with a tube; as, “to tube a well”.