Etymology
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tubular (adj.)

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' use of tube as slang for a hollow, curling wave, ideal for riding (1962).

updated on February 20, 2014

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Definitions of tubular from WordNet

tubular (adj.)
constituting a tube; having hollow tubes (as for the passage of fluids);
Synonyms: tubelike / tube-shaped / vasiform
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