tu·​bu·​lar | \ˈtü-byə-lər, 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

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 Deep reds of the kangaroo paws’ tubular flowers and orange balls of gomphrena added more color and texture. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "If the ‘Mona Lisa’ Were Made of Flowers...," 7 Aug. 2018 These immobile, tubular structures sit on the front of an owl’s face like a pair of built-in binoculars. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Owls See the World Much Like We Do," 3 July 2018 Body panels were ultra lightweight carbon fiber, and the chassis was a tubular frame design that kept weight as low as possible. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018 The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers says higher costs and shortages of tubular steel due to the tariffs will hurt drilling and production of oil, the biggest U.S. export success story of recent years. Greg Ip, WSJ, "U.S. Exporters Will Be a Surprise Loser From Tariff Fight," 9 July 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, 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 \

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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