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 For tubular or shaped pastas, look to creamy or hearty sauces studded with bits of meat or vegetable. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Secrets to achieving the perfect pasta pairing," 2 Dec. 2020 The Begonia boliviensis varieties feature open, tubular flowers in shades of flaming orange and red, making this long-blooming, more sun tolerant begonia a real showstopper. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "Begonias add cheer to the Bay Area winter garden," 4 Dec. 2020 And all four floors are connected by a huge tubular slide, made of polished German stainless steel. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, "The Art of Building the Impossible," 23 Nov. 2020 For example, Nicholas Balfour and his colleagues at the University of Sussex, England, found that native bumble bees were superior competitors on the tubular flowers of lavender, owing in part to their longer proboscis (tongue). Alison Mcafee, Scientific American, "The Problem with Honey Bees," 4 Nov. 2020 As Stephanie Pappas reports for Live Science, researchers used scanning electron microscopy to identify tiny spherical and tubular structures that resemble neurons, or brain cells, in the sample. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Well-Preserved Brain Cells Found in Vesuvius Victim," 16 Oct. 2020 But these are just the models like Henry’s, Marlins, and Winchester with tubular magazines that are restricted to blunt-nosed bullets. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "How to Buy Your First Nice Hunting Rifle," 2 Nov. 2020 Factories, which had to be close to a railroad for shipping outbound cargo, had button-cutting machines with variously sized tubular saws that generated small to large button blanks. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "Along the lower White," 18 Oct. 2020 The frame and swingarm are twin-sided tubular steel. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Triumph’s big win," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of tubular

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Jan 2021

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“Tubular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubular. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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