el tubo
-the tube
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (conduit)
a. tube
Los dos compartimentos están conectados mediante un tubo de plástico.The two compartments are connected by a plastic tube.
b. pipe (plumbing)
El tubo de desagüe del fregadero está goteando.The sink's waste pipe is dripping.
2. (anatomy)
a. tract
La ingesta de antiinflamatorios puede dañar el tubo digestivo.The oral consumption of anti-inflammatories can damage the digestive tract.
b. tube
El esófago es el tubo que conecta la boca con el estómago.The esophagus is the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach.
3. (flexible container)
a. tube
Yo viajo con poco más que mi tubo de pasta de dientes y mi cepillo.I travel with little more than my toothpaste tube and my toothbrush.
4. (rigid container)
a. tube
Abrió el tubo de pastillas y se tomó dos.She opened the tube of tablets and took two.
5. (physics)
a. tube
J.J. Thomson descubrió el electrón utilizando un tubo de rayos catódicos.J.J. Thomson discovered the electron using a cathode ray tube.
6. (telephone earpiece)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. receiver
Levantó el tubo y marcó el número escrito en el papel.He lifted the receiver and dialed the number written on the piece of paper.
7. (roller)
Regionalism used in Chile
a. curler
Se acostó con tubos en el pelo y una rodaja de pepino en cada ojo.She went to sleep with rollers in her hair and a cucumber on each eye.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (tubería)
a. pipe
tubo del desagüedrainpipe
tubo de escapeexhaust (pipe)
2. (cilindro, recipiente)
a. tube
tubo de ensayotest tube
tubo fluorescentefluorescent light strip
tubo de rayos catódicoscathode ray tube
3. (anatomy)
a. tract
tubo digestivodigestive tract, alimentary canal
4. (colloquial)
por un tubo: comimos por un tubowe ate a hell of a lot
tiene dinero por un tubohe's got loads of money
5. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. tall glass of beer
6. (de teléfono)
a. receiver
7. (para el pelo)
Regionalism used in Chile
a. roller, curler
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1 (recipiente) tube
pasar por el tubo to knuckle under
tubo acústico speaking-tube
tubo capilar capillary
tubo de chimenea chimneypot
tubo de desagüe (interior) waste pipe; (exterior) drainpipe
tubo de ensayo test tube
tubo de escape exhaust (pipe)
tubo de humo chimney; flue
tubo de imagen television tube
tubo de lámpara lamp glass
tubo de órgano organ pipe
tubo de radio wireless valve; tube; (EEUU)
tubo de rayos catódicos cathode-ray tube
tubo de respiración breathing-tube
tubo de vacío valve; vacuum tube; (EEUU)
tubo digestivo alimentary canal
tubo fluorescente fluorescent tube
tubo lanzatorpedos torpedo tube
2 (tubería) pipe
por un tubo loads (familiar)
gastó por un tubo he spent a fortune (familiar); lo vendió por un tubo he sold it for a fantastic price (familiar)
4 (Latinoamérica) [de teléfono] handset; earpiece
5 (cárcel) nick (muy_familiar); can (muy_familiar); (EEUU)
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