- 1A wide, open, deep, typically round container with a flat bottom used for holding liquids, growing plants, etc.: hydrangeas in a patio tubMore example sentences
- The ones previously planted out into a tub are really growing well; the ones in the cold frame are still little.
- Planted in a deep tub, within a couple of seasons it will reach for the sky and festoon your railings with its sweet scented flowers.
- There are lots of summer flowering patio plants, garden flowers, trees, shrubs and all kinds of rose bushes, herbaceous plants, baskets, tubs and ceramic containers.
- 1.1A small round plastic or cardboard container with a flat bottom in which food is bought or stored: a margarine tubMore example sentences
container, carton, cup
- I've mentioned that the modern packaging has the petits suisses stored in little plastic tubs, but you have probably noticed it is not the case on the picture above.
- Polypropylene plastics are used in margarine tubs, sour cream containers, ketchup bottles and other food containers.
- As part of their recycling efforts, Susannah and her young family separated all the glass and plastic bottles and plastic tubs into the green box.
- 1.2The contents of a tub or the amount it can contain: she ate a tub of yogurtMore example sentences
- There are hot dogs, burgers, salads and dips - many of which are made with packet soup whisked into a tub of sour cream with some herbs.
- You get a separate tray full of salad and a tub of chilli sauce.
- This was accompanied by a small, warm baguette and a tub of butter.
- 1.3A washtub.More example sentences
- Baths were taken in tubs and emptied after use on shrubs in the courtyard.
- Emily was sitting on a chair, next to the washtub, talking to Hannah, who was kneeling at the tub helping a girl bath.
- I started to unbutton my jacket as she stoked the fire around the tub of bath water.
- 1.4 • informal , chiefly North American A bathtub.
- 1.5 Mining A container for conveying ore, coal, etc..More example sentences
- The horse gin was a horse-driven winding machine used to raise coal in tubs or baskets.
- He defined it as the number placed by the miner on the tubs of coal filled.
- We saw a model of a woman pulling a tub full of coal along a tunnel while a child aged about six worked as a trapper, opening and shutting air doors to allow air to circulate along the roadways.
- 2 • informal An old, awkward, or run-down vessel.More example sentences
- You'd think they would be wise and paint their boats, but they pick out the worst old tubs for their rum ships.
- The old tub, carrying a load of oil pregnant with toxins and separated from the sea by a single layer of metal, should never have been allowed to leave the Baltic Sea.
- I decided to check out this new boat even though I was looking forward to travelling the 2 hours on the old tub just like the old days.
verb (tubs, tubbed, tubbing)[with object] Back to top
- 1 (usually as adjective tubbed) Plant in a tub: tubbed fruit treesMore example sentences
- This is now the pre-packing hub for all the company's tubbed butter markets as well as the foil pre-packing facility for France, Benelux and southern Europe.
- Sales of the tubbed butter grew by more than 40% on last year.
- A tubbed specimen of miscanthus may be only half the size of an in-ground plant, yet it can serve a similar purpose.
- 2 • dated Wash or bathe (someone or something) in or as in a tub or bath.More example sentences
- The feet can be tubbed and cold hosed during the first few hours to reduce inflammation.
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- It would be very easy for him to do that, probably for a tubful of money.
- Blondie piped up cheerfully as he passed by with a tubful of glasses and bottles.
- When you're ready for your bath, strain the milk and add it to a tubful of warm water.
Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/noun (plural tubfuls)
Middle English: probably of Low German or Dutch origin; compare with Middle Low German and Middle Dutch tubbe.