tubular

adjective

tu·​bu·​lar ˈtü-byə-lər How to pronounce tubular (audio)
ˈtyü-
1
a
: having the form of or consisting of a tube
a tubular calyx
b
: made or provided with tubes
2
: of, relating to, or sounding as if produced through tubes

Examples of tubular in a Sentence

a radiator of tubular construction
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Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tubular was in 1673

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Cite this Entry

“Tubular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubular. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

tubular

adjective
tu·​bu·​lar ˈt(y)ü-byə-lər How to pronounce tubular (audio)
1
: having the form of or consisting of a tube
2
: made or provided with tubes

Medical Definition

tubular

adjective
tu·​bu·​lar ˈt(y)ü-byə-lər How to pronounce tubular (audio)
1
: having the form of or consisting of a tube
2
: of, relating to, or sounding as if produced through a tube or tubule
tubular rales

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