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[too-byuh-ler, tyoo-] /ˈtu byə lər, ˈtyu-/
having the form or shape of a tube; tubiform.
of or relating to a tube or tubes.
characterized by or consisting of tubes.
Origin of tubular
1665-75; < New Latin tubulāris; see tubule, -ar1
Related forms
tubularity, noun
tubularly, adverb
intertubular, adjective
multitubular, adjective
nontubular, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tubular
  • tubular flowers in shades of pink to apricot, yellow, and cream atop tall spikes in spring.
  • Its red, tubular blooms practically glow when backlit by the sun.
  • Coral fountain blooms profusely for a long time, and its tubular flowers are irresistible to hummingbirds.
  • Both have inconspicuous red flowers concealed in tubular or slipper-shaped red bracts.
  • In it were four tubular beige curls, each about six inches long.
  • Tomatoes, green peppers and blueberries all have tubular anthers with the pollen inside the tube.
  • Then weld a number of turns of tubular coil around the top end which protrudes above the ground.
  • tubular steel poles are also used in areas of land congestion or agricultural areas.
  • Place pan on back of range, cut squares apart with a sharp knife, and roll while warm in tubular or cornucopia shape.
  • The peripheral parts of the vesicles expand, while the proximal parts are reduced to tubular stalks, the optic stalks.
British Dictionary definitions for tubular


Also tubiform (ˈtjuːbɪˌfɔːm). having the form of a tube or tubes
of or relating to a tube or tubing
Derived Forms
tubularity, noun
tubularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tubular

1670s, "having the form of a tube or pipe," from Latin tubulus "a small pipe" (see tube) + -ar. Teen slang sense attested by 1982, Valspeak, apparently from surfers' slang for a hollow, curling wave, ideal for riding.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tubular



Rejected; dead in the water, kaput: Looks like your idea is Tubesville

[1980s+; fr down the tube]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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