tu·​bu·​lar | \ ˈtü-byə-lər How to pronounce tubular (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Definition of tubular

1a : 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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One other note from the audio department: Lightweight Inconel exhaust manifolds supplant the GTB’s tubular headers, and the resulting high-rev resonances are brighter and louder, up to 8 dB in the Pista’s cabin, says Ferrari. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 John explained that in some cases, especially in suburban areas, building piping is connected to the sink by plastic, tubular pipes. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Never Wash Down The Sink," 17 July 2018 That is perhaps because the Streetfighter, Custom, and Pan America will all share the same platform; a tubular steel frame and a 60’, DOHC V-TWIN. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "Harley-Davidson Announces Four Surprising New Models," 31 July 2018 For a splash of jewel tones, in came Italian Moroso dining chairs—tubular, geometric, and another instantaneous yes. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 2018 Oversize embellished tweed coats sported big round shoulders and exaggerated tubular arms, while black cropped pants and leggings added a relaxed vibe. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "The sea, the sea: Chanel creates beach to cap Paris season," 2 Oct. 2018 The white tubular steel outlines, award-winning examples of playful placemaking that allow visitors to reconstruct the buildings in their imaginations, have become icons and object lessons for architecture students. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Masterpieces of Robert Venturi, a postmodern architecture icon," 20 Sep. 2018 One of the big markers of modern design was the Wassily chair, a seamless, tubular steel chair developed in 1925 that radically changed the approach to furniture design. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Here's Actually, Once And For All, What Modern Design Means," 4 Oct. 2018 Ecology undergraduate researcher Karen Wang drops her fine-mesh bee net, whips out a small recorder and leans in to observe Yellow 54 climbing into the bluebell’s long tubular blooms. Kristin Ohlson, Discover Magazine, "How Cheaters Prosper," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of tubular

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of tubular

: having the form of a tube
: made of a tube or tubes


tu·​bu·​lar | \ ˈtü-byə-lər How to pronounce tubular (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of tubular

1 : having the form of or made up of a tube tubular flowers
2 : made with tubes


tu·​bu·​lar | \ ˈt(y)ü-byə-lər How to pronounce tubular (audio) \

Medical Definition of tubular

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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