tub

A tub is a wide, open container. You might have a tub of butter in your fridge, but if your mom tells you to hop in the tub, stay out of the kitchen. She means it's time for a bath.

Tub is an informal word for bathtub, the fixture in your bathroom that can be filled with water and bathed in. Other tubs are containers used to hold liquid or other materials — think of a tub of margarine or a tub of ice cream. In the 17th century, tub was slang for "pulpit" or "lectern," and a tub thumper was an overly enthusiastic orator or preacher.

Definitions of tub
  1. noun
    a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body
    synonyms: bath, bathing tub, bathtub
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    types:
    footbath
    a small bathtub for warming or washing or disinfecting the feet
    hot tub
    a very large tub (large enough for more than one bather) filled with hot water
    hip bath, sitz bath
    a bathtub in which your buttocks and hips are immersed as if you were sitting in a chair and you bathe in a sitting position
    type of:
    vessel
    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  2. noun
    a large open vessel for holding or storing liquids
    synonyms: vat
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    types:
    washtub
    a tub in which clothes or linens can be washed
    type of:
    vessel
    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  3. noun
    the amount that a tub will hold
    “a tub of water”
    synonyms: tubful
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    type of:
    containerful
    the quantity that a container will hold
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