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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tubular constituting a tube; having hollow tubes (as for the passage of fluids)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.
    • a Tubular Having the form of a tube, or pipe; consisting of a pipe; fistular; as, a tubular snout; a tubular calyx. Also, containing, or provided with, tubes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tubular Having the form of a tube or pipe, without reference to size; tubuliform; tubiform; tubar; fistulous.
    • tubular In botany, tube-like; tube-shaped; having a tube; tubulous: as, a tubular corolla or calyx.
    • tubular As applied to respiratory sounds, noting a sound like that produced by a current of air through a tube.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Tubular having the form of a tube: having a sound like that made by the passage of air through a tube
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tubulus, dim. of tubus, a tube, or pipe. See Tube
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. tubus, a pipe.


In literature:

The tubular principle was adopted in a more complete manner than had yet been attempted.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
The mouth of the tubular Chamberland candle 15 x 1.5 cm.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
It originated in a tubular circlet that snapped around his throat at the top of the decontagion suit.
"Bolden's Pets" by F. L. Wallace
Much to Quirl's delight, the long, tubular passage was deserted.
"In the Orbit of Saturn" by Roman Frederick Starzl
This tubular container holds no fleshly body.
"The Heads of Apex" by Francis Flagg
I have come across a number, and as they are tubular they are not at all as ponderous as the name of the material suggests.
"The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use" by Henry Saint-George
There was also a tubular attachment on the end of a thick wire.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Leaves tubular, closed at the end 37b, in =LILIACEAE=, p. 13.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
A trooper ran up, waving a tubular object which he handed to the major.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
In severe cases complete tubular casts of the intestine have been found.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
Words choked off somewhere down in the tubular length of the neck.
"Earthsmith" by Milton Lesser
The steel tubular bridge Dr. Warneford had made for him, and it will bear the weight of a boy.
"Harper's Round Table, June 4, 1895" by Various
A vacuum is created in the cup by sucking air from the cup through a tubular extension on the side.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
Some of the solitary wasps have a very curious habit of making a tubular entrance to their hole.
"Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants" by Edward Saunders
Anal opening directed posteroventrally at mid-level of thighs; anal sheath long, tubular.
"Descriptions of New Hylid Frogs From Mexico and Central America" by William E. Duellman
A large tent with a tubular entrance had been built over the hole made by the uplifted root of an overthrown oak.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook
A tubular bridge unites it with the suburb of Trinquetaille on the opposite bank.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
The propellers of the torpedo are likewise, one on a tubular shaft and the other on a solid shaft inside it.
"The Romance of War Inventions" by Thomas W. Corbin
Built of tubular steel.
"Jane's All the World's Aircraft" by Various
Sometimes as in "pecky" or "peggy" cypress, the decayed tracts are tubular.
"Wood and Forest" by William Noyes

In news:

2009 Dodge Ram Tubular Support.
ODL Tubular Skylight Solar Powered Dimmer.
The impossible happens on the X Factor Tubular a blog.
The increased ownership will bring Hess' working interest in Tubular Bells to 40.
Tubular's panel discussion on 2/27 Olympics.
A drift dropped through tubulars on the rig floor before joint make up.
Officials contend the acquisition will strengthen Allis Chalmers' Tubular Services segment throughout south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.
Since our inception in 1996, Select -Arc, Inc has emerged as the Standard of Excellence in Tubular Welding Electrodes.
Tubular sprint car frame emerges from the oven.
The fuel-injected 649cc engine is essentially the same, as is the tubular-steel frame.
Installing Tubular Control Arms For Chevy Trucks.
0 This tubular conveyor eliminates dust and noise and uses no air.
Tubular 's panel discussion on 2/27 Olympics.
Ridetech Tubular Control Arms CPP Brake Kit Install Ridetech Gear.
Hess increases share in Tubular Bells.

In science:

Here X2 could be obtained from the tubular neighborhood of the singular set, so the decomposition is always possible.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
Here we extend the analogy to the tubular systems.
Metal-Boron Nanotubes
FIG. 2: Comparison of various optimized tubular structures.
Metal-Boron Nanotubes
For any loop ς and any λ ∈ CP1, lift the path ς to a path in a tubular neighborhood of B inside the leaf of α corresponding to the value λ.
Codimension one symplectic foliations
Now, given a closed embedding i : M −→ Sm+n in a sphere of sufficiently large dimension, M will have a tubular neighborhood which can be identified with the normal bundle N .
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
Let us now assume again that Λ is a canonical algebra with a stable tubular family t separating p from q.
Infinite dimensional representations of canonical algebras
To illustrate, let M be an arbitrary closed 3-manifold and let {Ck } be a collection of disjoint solid tori D2 × S 1 embedded in M ; for example {Ck } may be a tubular neighborhood of a (possibly trivial) link in M .
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
Let N (α) be a (non-empty) union of ε-tubular neighborhoods of the Fi .
Family Gromov-Witten Invariants for Kahler Surfaces
T M and the graph of ε lies in a tubular neighborhood of the 0-section in the trivial line bundle R × M .
Generalized Sprays and Nonlinear Connections
Let U ⊂ S Uα be a tubular neighborhood of A and π : U → A be the pro jection.
Conley Index Theory and Novikov-Morse Theory
Moreover, there is a representative α of a with support in the tubular neighbourhood V such that, for ε smal l enough, the form ˜ω = f ∗ (ω) + εα is a symplectic form in ˜X .
New aspects of the ddc-lemma
We can suppose that h(T 1) is covered by (Ui )i∈I, the union of Ui is a tubular neighborhood of h(T 1 ), and CF (ω )(Ui ) is not empty.
Gerbes, 2-gerbes and symplectic fibrations
For each t ≥ 0, we denote by Xt (π) := S0≤s≤t X (s; π) the trace of the spatial component of the path π up to time t, and by Xt (q ; π) := [x : dist (x, Xt (π)) ≤ 1/q ] a tubular region around the path.
Diffusion in a weakly random Hamiltonian flow
For each t ≥ 0, we denote by Xt (π) := S0≤s≤t path π up to time t, and by Xt (q ; π) := [x : dist (x, Xt (π)) ≤ 1/q ] a tubular region around the path.
Wave field correlations in weakly mismatched random media
The images of NL (δ) in M L and ˜M L are tubular neighborhoods of L ⊂ M L and L ⊂ ˜M L respectively, which contract onto L.
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations