tub·​ing | \ ˈtü-biŋ How to pronounce tubing (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tubing

1 : material in the form of a tube also : a length or piece of tube
2 : a series or system of tubes
3 : the sport or activity of riding an inner tube (as down a river or snowy slope)

Examples of tubing in a Sentence

The fluids travel through flexible plastic tubing. We go tubing on the river every summer.
Recent Examples on the Web The insatiable demand for bicycles spawned other industries—ball bearings, wire for spokes, steel tubing, precision toolmaking—that would shape the manufacturing world long after the bicycle was relegated to the toy department. National Geographic, "How bicycles transformed our world," 17 June 2020 Lubrizol produces chemicals for face shields, medical tubing and hand sanitizers. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park plants provide variety of products used to COVID-19 fight," 11 June 2020 But even brass instruments, in theory, will emit aerosols, even if the tubing slows down the airflow. Gregory Barber, Wired, "The Science Behind Orchestras' Careful Covid Comeback," 8 June 2020 Using shock cord in place of rubber or surgical tubing is an excellent way to repair them on the cheap. Joseph Albanese, Outdoor Life, "6 Waterfowl Projects You Need to Do Before Opening Day," 28 May 2020 Nurses were making a similar adjustment with the pumps that delivered intravenous medications, adding extension tubing that snaked across floors into hallways. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "‘Code Blue’: A Brooklyn I.C.U. Fights for Each Life in a Coronavirus Surge," 4 Apr. 2020 New copper tubing will drain heat from the actuators. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "At the Bionic Olympics, Engineers and Athletes Make Miracles," 27 Apr. 2020 Once again, apply pressure with surgical tubing or bungee cords around the stock and action. Matt Foster, Outdoor Life, "How to Make an Old Rifle More Accurate," 20 Apr. 2020 All the hospital cubbies — made from metal frames and white plastic walls — were the same: bed, chair, bedside table, reading lamp, overhead lights and copper tubing that delivers the oxygen that patients need. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "ER doctor in charge of Detroit's TCF Center describes what it's like for patients," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tubing

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tubing was in 1845

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24 Jun 2020

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“Tubing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubing. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tubing

: material in the form of a tube : a series or system of tubes
: the activity of riding on an inner tube over snow, down a river, etc.

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