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Tube may refer to:

Construction

  • Tube (structure), the predominate structural system for constructing tall buildings in the United States between World War II and the 1990s
  • Tubing (material), used in plumbing, irrigation, and other applications

Electronics

  • Vacuum tube, a component of electronics
  • Cathode ray tube (also called picture tube), a common component of electronics such as televisions and other displays
  • Tube (BBC Micro), an expansion bus on the BBC Micro computer

Food

  • Yoplait Tubes, the name for Go-Gurt portable yog(o)urt in every country except America and the United Kingdom

Geometry

Mechanics

  • Pneumatic tube, a method of transportation utilising compressed air
  • Inner tube, a component of vehicular tires (tyres)

Media

Music

  • The Tubes, a San Francisco based band, popular in the 1970s and 1980s

Nature

Packaging

  • Tube (container), a packaging solution for pasty and viscous goods such as toothpaste

Photography

Theatre

Transportation

See also

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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English

Etymology

From Middle French tube, from Latin tubus (tube, pipe).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
tube

Plural
tubes

tube (plural tubes)

  1. Anything that is hollow and cylindrical in shape.
  2. An approximately cylindrical container, usually with a crimped end and a screw top, used to contain and dispense semi-liquid substances.
    A tube of toothpaste.
  3. (British, colloquial) The London Underground railway system, originally referred to the lower level lines that ran in tubular tunnels as opposed to the higher ones which ran in rectangular section tunnels. (Often the tube.)
    No mate, I am taking the tube!
  4. (Australian, slang) A tin can containing beer (or other beverage?)
    • 1995, Sue Butler, Lonely Planet Australian Phrasebook: Language Survival Kit
      Tinnie: a tin of beer — also called a tube.
    • 2002, Andrew Swaffer, Katrina O'Brien, Darroch Donald, Footprint Australia Handbook: The Travel Guide [text repeated in Footprint West Coast Australia Handbook (2003)]
      Beer is also available from bottleshops (or bottle-o's') in cases (or 'slabs') of 24-36 cans (‘tinnies' or ‘tubes') or bottles (‘stubbies') of 375 ml each.
    • 2004, Paul Matthew St. Pierre, Portrait of the Artist as Australian: L'Oeuvre Bizarre de Barry Humphries
      That Humphries should imply that, in the Foster's ads, Hogan's ocker appropriated McKenzie's discourse (specifically the idiom "crack an ice-cold tube") reinforces my contention.
  5. (surfing) A wave which pitches forward when breaking, creating a hollow space inside.
  6. (North American, colloquial) A television. Also, derisively, boob tube. British: telly
    Are you just going to sit around all day and watch the tube?

Usage notes

Use for beer can was popularised in UK by a long-running series of advertisements for Foster's lager, where Paul Hogan used a phrase "crack an ice-cold tube" previously associated with Barry Humphries' character Barry McKenzie. (For discussion of this see Paul Matthew St. Pierre's book cited above.)

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to tube

Third person singular
tubes

Simple past
tubed

Past participle
tubed

Present participle
tubing

to tube (third-person singular simple present tubes, present participle tubing, simple past and past participle tubed)

  1. To make or use tubes
    She tubes lipstick.
    They tubed down the Colorado River.

See also

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of betu
  • bute

French

Etymology

From Latin tubus (tube, pipe).

Pronunciation

Noun

tube m. (plural tubes)

  1. pipe
  2. tube
  3. (music) a hit
  4. (slang) Money

Anagrams


Italian

Noun

tube f.

  1. Plural form of tuba.

Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

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

Food

  • Yoplait Tubes, the Canadian name for Go-Gurt portable yog(o)urt

Geometry

Mechanics

  • pneumatic tube, a method of transportation utilising compressed air
  • inner tube, a component of vehicular tires

Media

  • The Tube (TV series), a music related TV series by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom
  • TUBE, a Japanese pop group
  • Tube (game), a freeware game from Bullfrog Productions, released in 1995
  • Tube (film), a South Korean movie (튜브 (영화)).
  • Tube & Berger, the alias of Dance/Electronica producers Arndt Rörig and Marco Vidovic from Germany
  • YouTube, a website that allows users to upload, view, and share video clips
  • PornoTube, a website with adult material
  • Peter 'Tubes' Dale, aka Tubes from the Soccer AM television show
  • Series of tubes, an Internet meme and analogy for the Internet used by United States Senator Ted Stevens in reference to net neutrality

Music

  • The Tubes, a San Francisco based New Wave band, popular in the 1970s and 1980s

Nature

  • lava tube, found in volcanoes
  • the inside of a hollow wave in surfing
  • the flower tube

Packaging

  • Tube (packaging), a packaging solution for pasty and viscous goods such as toothpaste

Photography

  • extension tube, a tool for macro photography

Plumbing

  • tubing (material), used in plumbing, irrigation, and other applications

Software

  • Tubes (software), a software program that combines file sharing and web publishing technologies

Structural Engineering

  • Tube (structure), the predominate structural system for constructing tall buildings in the United States between World War II and the 1990s.

Theatre

  • Blue Man Group's theatrical show, "TUBES", now called "Rewired."

Transportation

  • The London Underground, London's subterranean train system, commonly known as the tube.
  • Transbay Tube, an underwater rail tube across the San Francisco Bay

Other pages

  • test tube, a piece of laboratory equipment used in science
  • Pipe
  • Microtube
  • Nanotube

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