inner tube


: an inflatable usually ring-shaped rubber tube designed for use inside a pneumatic tire

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Yes, throwing an inner tube away after a single puncture is a grotesque display, like lighting a cigar with a $100 bill. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, 24 Nov. 2022 Take off on one of the loaner bikes and pedal to the nearby town of Guerneville for lunch, or grab an inner tube for a lazy float down the river. Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Aug. 2022 Seen at left as a reddish thumbprint on the top of the inner tube, they are carefully sculpted in a precise pattern to encode data as accurately as possible. Megan Scudellari, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2013 In one, Rowlet (picture a young owl) relaxes in an inner tube on a glittery lazy river surrounded by plastic cacti. Jessica Rodriguez, Journal Sentinel, 22 Oct. 2022 Pierpaolo Piccioli, who collaborated with Mizrahi to find the best shade and most flattering silhouette for the inner tube shots. Hayley Maitland, Glamour, 27 Oct. 2022 Arctic Slide – Ride an inner tube down the 20-foot high, 80-foot long slide, sponsored by Come Play Detroit. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 26 Oct. 2022 An inner tube is the finishing touch to create a spaceship for this cute alien Halloween costume. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, 15 Sep. 2022 On an unseasonably warm April evening, the Mengers were sitting on their front porch when the man approached and asked them to buy a bicycle inner tube to replace his flat tire. oregonlive, 29 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inner tube was in 1894

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Cite this Entry

“Inner tube.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

inner tube

: an inflatable ring-shaped rubber tube used inside a tire to hold air under pressure

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