tub

noun
\ˈtəb \

Definition of tub 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small round container in which a product is sold a tub of butter

b : a wide low vessel originally formed with wooden staves, round bottom, and hoops

2 : bathtub also : bath

3 : the amount that a tub will hold

4 : an old or slow boat

tub

verb
tubbed; tubbing

Definition of tub (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wash or bathe in a tub

2 : to put or store in a tub

intransitive verb

1 : bathe

2 : to undergo washing

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Other Words from tub

Noun

tubful \ˈtəb-ˌfu̇l \ noun
tublike \ˈtəb-ˌlīk \ adjective

Verb

tubbable \ˈtə-bə-bəl \ adjective
tubber noun

Examples of tub in a Sentence

Noun

We let the pans soak overnight in a tub of soapy water. The bathroom has a shower and tub. She ate the whole tub of ice cream.
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Eco-friendly Lushies, rest-assured: Lush will continue its recycling policy even with the bigger tubs: Return five empty, clean pots to a Lush store and receive a free face mask in return. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Is Launching Super-Sized Versions of Its Best-Selling Products," 10 July 2018 The master bedroom, upgraded with a walk-through closet and larger bathroom that holds a Waterworks soaking tub, is on the first floor. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Once a sea captain’s cottage, this Cotuit fixer-upper brings on the charm," 15 June 2018 And during the summer, there’s literally nothing more refreshing than piling on a tub of a thick minty body lotion fresh out the fridge, especially after a great workout. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 9 Best Skin-Care Tips I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Being a Beauty Editor," 13 July 2018 Wolf and his husband used a tub of water to cool down their three dogs and kept fans, a refrigerator and wireless internet going with a generator as temperatures hit 94 degrees in his home Saturday. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Hundreds of customers are still without power as hot and angry Angelenos fume at the DWP," 10 July 2018 Procedure Place the bottle with the balloon inside into the tub of water. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Floating with a Swim Bladder," 5 July 2018 These pedicures involve dunking your feet in a tub of water filled with tiny fish called Garra rufa. Temi Adebowale, Marie Claire, "A Woman's Toenails Fell Off After a Fish Pedicure," 3 July 2018 Memory of their spell in the Islamic State returns each morning by way of a green tub of halva. Washington Post, "Forgiven by her native Chechnya, a woman is returned from Islamic State," 2 July 2018 Better refrigeration and booming disposable income meant that people could now buy tubs of ice cream and bring it home. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of tub

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1610, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for tub

Noun

Middle English tubbe, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Low German tubbe tub

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tub

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tub

: a wide container used to hold something

: the amount that a tub will hold

tub

noun
\ˈtəb \

Kids Definition of tub

1 : a wide low container

2 : bathtub

3 : an old or slow boat

4 : the amount that a tub will hold We used a whole tub of margarine.

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