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

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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 The black clapboard backdrop of the addition renders the pergola, with its tubular steel frame painted vibrant red, even more striking. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents add a modern wing to their son’s Vermont farmhouse," 15 June 2018 The 93-foot-tall tower is being installed near the park’s entrance and will feature 40 tubular metal wind chimes, one each for the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Tower at Flight 93 memorial to open by 9/11 anniversary," 3 June 2018 Instead of the conventional tubular pipe track found on most steel coasters, RMC’s track is flat on top and has channels on its sides into which the trains’ up-stop wheels fit. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Cedar Point: New Steel Vengeance coaster smooths out a Mean Streak," 4 May 2018 Adults have white plumage, black wings, and webbed feet, along with tubular nostrils on either side of their hooked, pink bills. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018 The long, tubular shape takes a little getting used to, but the consistency is appealing—not too mushy, but not too chewy. Oset Babur, Bon Appetit, "I Dubiously Tried 6 'Healthy' Mac & Cheese Brands to Find the Best," 9 May 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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