tuba

[ too-buh, tyoo- ]
/ ˈtu bə, ˈtyu- /
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noun, plural tu·bas for 1a, b, 2; tu·bae [too-bee, tyoo-] /ˈtu bi, ˈtyu-/ for 1c.

Music.
  1. a valved, brass wind instrument having a low range.
  2. an organ reed stop of large scale with tones of exceptional power.
  3. an ancient Roman trumpet.
Meteorology. funnel cloud.

Origin of tuba

1850–55; < Latin: trumpet; akin to tube
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British Dictionary definitions for tuba

tuba

/ (ˈtjuːbə) /

noun plural -bas or -bae (-biː)

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 for tuba

Latin
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Culture definitions for tuba

tuba

The lowest-pitched of the brass instruments. In orchestras, the tuba is usually held across the player's lap. In marching bands, the sousaphone is generally used as a low brass instrument because it was designed to be carried.


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