- a valved, brass wind instrument having a low range.
- an organ reed stop of large scale with tones of exceptional power.
- an ancient Roman trumpet.
- Meteorology. funnel cloud.
Origin of tuba
Examples from the Web for tuba
In Taipei, Taiwan, a Bach flash mob consisting of cellists and tuba players took over a train.Can Bach Make It on NYC’s Subways?
March 22, 2014
He played a bit of flute (and for a brief stint, tuba) in the high school band with just a rudimentary sense of the instruments.The Football Player Turned Opera Singer
February 19, 2011
This liquid, known as tuba, is a favourite beverage among the natives.The Philippine Islands
On the boards below was spread a banquet of rice and tuba for the multitude.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia
Paul T. Gilbert
The tuba is a plant the juice of which has strong narcotic properties.British Borneo
W. H. Treacher
The effect of the Tuba ringing up into the dome is magnificent.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building
George Laing Miller
That left only the tuba for the Irishman, and it was so big that he could hardly manage it.The Brownies and Prince Florimel
- a valved brass instrument of bass pitch, in which the bell points upwards and the mouthpiece projects at right angles. The tube is of conical bore and the mouthpiece cup-shaped
- any other bass brass instrument such as the euphonium, helicon, etc
- a powerful reed stop on an organ
- a form of trumpet of ancient Rome
Word Origin and History for tuba
1852, from French tuba, from Latin tuba (plural tubæ) "straight bronze war trumpet" (as opposed to the crooked bucina), related to tubus (see tube).