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tubular Syllabification: tu·bu·lar
Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞obyələr/

Definition of tubular in English:


1Long, round, and hollow like a tube: tubular flowers of deep crimson
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  • In late spring, the arching stems carry drooping clusters of small, tubular flowers that are white tipped with green.
  • Descending rows of dots and extended tubular shapes meander across pale blue and green backgrounds.
  • The plant has smooth, shiny, oval leaves and tubular flowers.
1.1Made from a tube or tubes: tubular steel chairs
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  • From hand-made Boston rockers with hand-turned spindles, designers turned to cantilevered cane-backed chairs made of tubular steel.
  • His first piece, this cantilevered chair of tubular steel forms a wide, smooth curve and takes full advantage of the materials used.
  • It became one of the most influential homes of the 20th century, with its enormous plate glass windows, tubular steel furniture, and open planning concepts.
1.2 Surfing (Of a wave) hollow and well curved.
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  • Waves are fast, sometimes tubular and perfect, breaking on sand always in the bay
  • These surfers perform their dance on tubular swells that even today's heroes might not have attempted.
  • When an approaching swell hits this reef wall a third of a mile offshore, it creates a tubular wave so powerful that it has been called a ‘freak of hydrodynamics.’
1.3 informal dated Excellent: U2's brand of really tubular new-wave sounds
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  • You'll like him...he's totally tubular.
  • He's a really groovy rap artist...he's totally tubular.
2 Medicine Of or involving tubules or other tube-shaped structures.
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  • Sections of the fragment showed a glandular proliferation consisting of tubular structures of different sizes separated by spindle stromal elements.
  • A ‘pseudotumor’ of the extrahepatic biliary tract, the nodular lesion is characterized by tubular structures that are lined by columnar or cuboidal cells.
  • Part of the tumor was composed of ductal and anastomosing tubular structures made up of luminal cells and myoepithelial cells.


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1 short for tubular tire.
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  • The rim is of course heavier due to the clincher's sidewalls as opposed to the simple and strong outer surface of a tubular rim, and the extra weight of the rim-grabbing foot adds significantly to the weight of a tubular.
  • We're hoping the racers we have testing them tell us they ride even better than a tubular.
  • I have a quick comment on the Tufo clincher tubular.
2 (tubulars) Oil-drilling equipment made from tubes.
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  • The present invention provides methods and apparatus for cutting tubulars in a wellbore.
  • The present invention relates to apparatus for cleaning the interior bore of well bore tubulars, such as is found in the oil and gas production industries.


Late 17th century: from Latin tubulus 'small tube' + -ar1.

Words that rhyme with tubular

consular • formula • uvula

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