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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hot tub
▪ One reveller was already pouring bubble bath into a huge hot tub so he and his partner could frolic in the suds.
▪ In one issue, Slepian agonizes over buying a $ 7, 000 hot tub.
▪ But if you want to try a hot tub I can do better than that.
▪ Bathtime meant filling a hot tin tub from kettles.
▪ Typical Californian, thinking hot tubs and tax brackets.
▪ It boasts a hot tub, tennis court, heated pool and several smashing views of the Potomac.
▪ Hard round metallic objects tried to crush her and a large cold tub with ice on its sides almost squashed her completely.
▪ A large tin tub housed chunks of ice-sheltered beer.
▪ In front of the range stood the large copper tub.
▪ It even had a large cast-iron tub in the bathroom and a roomy kitchen.
▪ As an adult, I discovered that Foodland sold pitted dates in large plastic tubs.
▪ An old bath tub for this purpose is invaluable.
▪ All I want to hear is the sound of the wind rushing through this funky old tub.
▪ My sunken plastic bath better than your old cast-iron tub.
▪ a tub of popcorn
▪ a plastic tub full of dirty dishes
▪ Big Lil was a tub of a woman.
▪ I'm going to go get in the tub.
▪ An old bath tub for this purpose is invaluable.
▪ He held on to the sides of the tub and let his legs float gently to the surface.
▪ She went from the tub to the sink and back again.
▪ Some sparrows invaded that privacy, crossing from parapet rail to chair to flower tub.
▪ They boiled laundry in tubs, scrubbed it on washboards until knuckles were raw, and wrung it out by hand.
▪ You give her the soap, chattering merrily as Dame Martha goes behind the screen back into the tub.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tub \Tub\, n. [OE. tubbe; of Dutch or Low German origin; cf. LG. tubbe, D. tobbe.]

  1. An open wooden vessel formed with staves, bottom, and hoops; a kind of short cask, half barrel, or firkin, usually with but one head, -- used for various purposes.

  2. The amount which a tub contains, as a measure of quantity; as, a tub of butter; a tub of camphor, which is about 1 cwt., etc.

  3. Any structure shaped like a tub: as, a certain old form of pulpit; a short, broad boat, etc., -- often used jocosely or opprobriously.

    All being took up and busied, some in pulpits and some in tubs, in the grand work of preaching and holding forth.

  4. A sweating in a tub; a tub fast. [Obs.]

  5. A small cask; as, a tub of gin.

  6. A box or bucket in which coal or ore is sent up a shaft; -- so called by miners.

    Tub fast, an old mode of treatment for the venereal disease, by sweating in a close place, or tub, and fasting. [Obs.]

    Tub wheel, a horizontal water wheel, usually in the form of a short cylinder, to the circumference of which spiral vanes or floats, placed radially, are attached, turned by the impact of one or more streams of water, conducted so as to strike against the floats in the direction of a tangent to the cylinder.


Tub \Tub\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tubbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Tubbing.] To plant or set in a tub; as, to tub a plant.


Tub \Tub\, v. i. To make use of a bathing tub; to lie or be in a bath; to bathe. [Colloq.]

Don't we all tub in England ?
--London Spectator.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"open wooden vessel made of staves," late 14c., from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, or Middle Flemish tubbe, of uncertain origin. Related to Old High German zubar "vessel with two handles, wine vessel," German Zuber. Considered to be unrelated to Latin tubus (see tube (n.)); one theory connects it to the root of two based on the number of handles. Also 17c. slang for "pulpit;" hence tub-thumper (1660s) "speaker or preacher who thumps the pulpit for emphasis."


n. 1 A flat-bottomed vessel, of width similar to or greater than its height, used for storing or packing things, or for washing things in. 2 The contents or capacity of such a vessel. 3 A bathtub. 4 (context nautical informal English) A slow-moving craft. 5 (context humorous or derogatory English) Any structure shaped like a tub, such as a certain old form of pulpit, a short broad boat, etc. 6 A small cask. 7 Any of various historically designated quantities of goods to be sold by the tub (butter, oysters, etc). 8 (context mining English) A box or bucket in which coal or ore is sent up a shaft. 9 (context obsolete English) A sweating in a tub; a tub fast. 10 (context slang English) A corpulent or obese person. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To plant, set, or store in a tub. 2 (context intransitive English) To bathe.

  1. n. a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body [syn: bathtub, bathing tub, bath]

  2. a large open vessel for holding or storing liquids [syn: vat]

  3. the amount that a tub will hold; "a tub of water" [syn: tubful]

TUB (gene)

Tubby protein homolog is a protein that in humans is encoded by the TUB gene.

Tub (unit)

Tub was a unit of capacity or of weight used in Britain and elsewhere.


Tub may refer to:

  • A container:
    • a large round container without a lid:
      • a plant pot
    • a shallow, plastic or paper container, typically with a lid or closure
    • Tub (unit), a former quantity for sale or butter or cheese
  • A bathtub, a plumbing fixture for bathing
  • Hot tub, a large bath or small pool designed to comfortably hold multiple persons
  • Quarry tub, a type of railway or tramway wagon
  • Slack tub, in blacksmithing, a quench
  • Tub boat, an unpowered cargo boat used on early canals
  • Twin tub, a type of washing machine
  • Tub file, in computing, an early, primitive random access memory technology.
  • Tub Welch, a baseball player.

TUB may refer to:

  • TUB (gene)
  • Citroën TUB, a light van
  • Technical University of Berlin (Germany)
  • Transports Urbains du Beauvaisis, local public transport operator in northern France
  • Tubuai - Mataura Airport (IATA airport code)

Usage examples of "tub".

And as for buying this tub, he never had a hope in hell of keeping abreast of the likes of Bartholomew, and the bastard knew it when he sold it.

The scented water in the tub did look inviting, but Alec felt acutely uncomfortable undressing under so many eyes.

Winded but triumphant, he let a bath servant assist him into his tub while Alec stationed himself on a nearby bench.

The boy Calistro was sent to roust out the village victualers while the new arrivals pushed through a gabbling, laughing mob toward an isolated tub where Peopeo Moxmox Burke sat, his long graying hair stringy in the bathhouse vapors and his craggy face atwitch as he suppressed a delighted grin.

Jesus, have they got a lot of booze in here, and a lot of it is bottom-line tubs of Nigerian sherry, quarts of Alaskan port.

Then frowning at his grimy image in the mirror, he sent Bowland for hot water and a tub.

Now the tub was gone and if any water spots or soap had landed on that gleaming, golden oak floor, someone had very carefully buffed the marks away.

Evidently one by-product of the respiration of these water-plants was alcohol, and, having no outlet, the lake had turned into a great tub of wine.

I added rice, and opened plastic tubs of sun-dried tomatoes, green olives, olive oil, and cashew nuts.

When Centaine had caught them at it, she had scrubbed him in a scalding tub of Lysol and carbolic soap that had taken the skin off his most tender parts.

Some harpooneers will consume almost an entire morning in this business, carrying the line high aloft and then reeving it downwards through a block towards the tub, so as in the act of coiling to free it from all possible wrinkles and twists.

Bethany leaned her head back against the edge of the tub and let Coy have her way.

Dame will you have me tell the truth, this tub is rotten and crackt as me seemeth on every side.

Colors he applied with his fingers and thumbs, scooping them out of tubs until he suffered from lead encephalopathy, leading to deafness, depression, and insanity.

The equestrienne sank gracefully to a rest on the flank of the big white horse, patting him affectionately, while some hands began rolling great tubs into the ring.