from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An open, flat-bottomed vessel, usually round and typically wider than it is deep, used for washing, packing, or storing.
- n. The amount that such a vessel can hold.
- n. The contents of such a vessel.
- n. A bathtub.
- n. Informal A bath taken in a bathtub.
- n. Informal A wide, clumsy, slow-moving boat.
- n. A bucket used for conveying ore or coal up a mine shaft.
- n. A coal car used in a mine.
- transitive v. To pack or store in a tub.
- transitive v. To wash or bathe in a tub.
- intransitive v. To take a bath.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flat-bottomed vessel, of width similar to or greater than its height, used for storing or packing things, or for washing things in.
- n. The contents or capacity of such a vessel.
- n. A bathtub.
- n. A slow-moving craft.
- v. To pack or store something in a tub.
- v. To bathe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The amount which a tub contains, as a measure of quantity.
- n. Any structure shaped like a tub: as, a certain old form of pulpit; a short, broad boat, etc., -- often used jocosely or opprobriously.
- n. A sweating in a tub; a tub fast.
- n. A small cask.
- n. A box or bucket in which coal or ore is sent up a shaft; -- so called by miners.
- transitive v. To plant or set in a tub.
- intransitive v. To make use of a bathing tub; to lie or be in a bath; to bathe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An open wooden vessel made of staves, held together by hoops, surrounding a bottom: as, a wash-tub; a butter-tub; the tub in which the tow-line is coiled in a whale-boat.
- n. The contents of a tub; as much as a tub will hold; as a measure of capacity, sometimes erroneously confounded with firkin.
- n. Any wooden structure shaped like or resembling a tub.
- n. A clumsy, slow boat or vessel: so called in contempt.
- n. A boat used for practice-rowing.
- n. A small cask for holding liquor, especially in the eighteenth century, and before the change in English revenue laws; such a cask in which brandy, gin, or the like was smuggled from the Continent.
- n. A receptacle for water or other liquid for bathing the person. See bath-tub.
- n. Hence, the act or process of bathing in a tub; specifically, a sponge-bath taken while standing in a tub.
- n. Sweating in a heated tub, formerly the common mode of treatment of lues venerea. Compare powderiug-tub, 2.
- n. In mining:
- n. A bucket for raising ore from a mine.
- n. A box, wagon, or tram for conveying coal from the working-face to the pit-bottom or gangway, or for underground haulage in general.
- n. Same as keeve.
- n. The top of a malt-kiln.
- n. The gurnet.
- To plant or set in a tub: as, to tub plants.
- To bathe in a tub or bath.
- In mining, to line (a shaft) with a casing of wood or iron. See tubbing.
- To bathe or wash the person in a bathing-tub; especially, in colloquial use, to take the morning bath.
- To row in a tub; practise in a tub. See tub, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the amount that a tub will hold
- n. a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body
- n. a large open vessel for holding or storing liquids
Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German tubbe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)