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
Recent Examples on the Web Hyperloop technology involves a tubular track through which a train-like pod carries passengers at speeds of more than 600 mph. USA TODAY, "‘Nightmare’ roof, fire-starting drones, Pennywise Jeep: News from around our 50 states," 29 Oct. 2019 Fall and winter Apart from the fall blooming salvias, there are many other plants with tubular flowers that bloom in the fall and winter. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "A hummingbird garden for all the seasons," 18 Oct. 2019 Clyde's barbecue sauce, in plastic tubular condiment bottles, is tomatoey and peppery. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Add this spot to the list of Alabama barbecue must-do’s," 10 Oct. 2019 These tubular vertical sculptures are utterly strange. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sayre Gomez paintings of L.A. are a sensational shambles," 9 Oct. 2019 Identify the males and females: Males produce long, tubular flowers, females produce short, round flowers. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "How to grow your own fruits and vegetables — from food scraps," 10 July 2019 The tubular shape gave the smoky cheese and sassy onion more surface to cling to. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The new fried chicken in Huntsville you have to try," 12 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter For most enthusiasts, the school’s legacy is embodied in iconic designs such as Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus building in Dessau (pictured), Marcel Breuer’s tubular chairs or Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s glass-domed table lamp. The Economist, "Kinks in the clean lines of the Bauhaus," 1 Aug. 2019 Its tubular siphon, which can grow to be 3 feet long, is an easy target for anatomical jokes. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "This Centuries-Old Geoduck Shell May Rewrite the Rules About Who Can Harvest the Fancy Clam," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tubular

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of tubular was in 1673

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How to pronounce tubular (audio)

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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