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tubenoun

 us   /tub/
  • tube noun (PIPE)

[C] a long, hollow cylinder of plastic, metal, rubber, or glass, used for moving or containing liquids or gases: a copper tube She lay in the hospital, tubes going in and out of her.
[C] A tube is also one of the body’s hollow cylindrical structures that carries air or liquid: bronchial tubes
  • tube noun (CONTAINER)

[C] a cylindrical container made of soft metal or plastic which is closed at one end and has a small opening at the other, usually with a cover, and is used for holding thick liquids: a tube of toothpaste/ointment
  • tube noun (TELEVISION)

[U] infml television: What’s on the tube tonight?
(Definition of tube from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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tubenoun

uk   /tʃuːb/  us   /tuːb/
  • tube noun (PIPE)

B2 [C] a long cylinder made from plastic, metal, rubber, or glass, especially used for moving or containing liquids or gases: Gases produced in the reaction pass through this tube and can then be collected.
[C] in biology, any hollow, cylinder-shaped structure in the body that carries air or liquid: the bronchial tubes

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  • tube noun (CONTAINER)

B1 [C] a long, thin container made of soft metal or plastic that is closed at one end and has a small hole at the other, usually with a cover, used for storing thick liquids: a tube of toothpaste
[C] Australian English informal for a can or bottle of beer: a tube of lager
  • tube noun (TRAIN)

the tube B1 [S] (often the Tube) UK informal
London's underground train system: I got the Tube to Camden Town. I go to work on the tube. a Tube station
(Definition of tube from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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