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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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 The video appears to show someone holding a tubular apparatus that projects something that looks like a column of smoke. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "D.C. police looking for ‘person of interest’ in alleged fireworks assault," 24 July 2019 The whole set up looks pretty comfortable, as far as sleeping in a giant piece of fake tubular meat goes. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can soon book a night in the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile," 18 July 2019 The kit comes with a clear polyethylene cover, roll-up zippered door, tubular steel frame, four 18-inch deep shelves, guy ropes, and metal stakes. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "You Can Build Your Own Mini Greenhouse in 20 Minutes With This DIY Kit from Amazon," 21 June 2019 Sure, the song was a shave away from landing in the most tubular decade, but Weird Al mania was in full swing during the ’80s. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The best '80s pop culture references in Stranger Things season 3," 6 July 2019 But then, something utterly unusual crept into view: a tubular creature that suddenly unfurled its tentacles, wrapping them around the Medusa. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Watch First Footage of Giant Squid Filmed in American Waters," 24 June 2019 But just 18 months after getting sober — and regaining custody of her daughters — she was hit with a devastating setback: choriocarcinoma, a fast-growing cancer that occurs in the uterus and followed a tubular pregnancy. Michelle Tauber, PEOPLE.com, "How a Homeless Mom of 2 Beat Addiction and Now Helps Thousands Going Through the Same Battles," 6 June 2019 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

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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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