noun, plural tu·bas for 1a, b, 2; tu·bae [too-bee, tyoo-] /ˈtu bi, ˈtyu-/ for 1c.
- 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.
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Origin of tuba
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Example sentences from the Web for tuba
In Taipei, Taiwan, a Bach flash mob consisting of cellists and tuba players took over a train.
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.
Need it be said we never let Tuba go without that meal again?
In the "Tuba Mirum," for example, he desires full chorus of strings, and four choirs of wood-wind and brass.A Popular History of the Art of Music|W. S. B. Mathews
Only listen how Agapitus urges on our men; they are fighting bravely there; that is the Roman tuba.Homo Sum, Complete|Georg Ebers
The claim of the tuba, Mr. Newman holds, is not only based on the profundity of its tones, but upon long literary tradition.
Towards the tail a fold of the tuba Fallopii was seen to extend to within 1/20 of the extremity.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for tuba
noun plural -bas or -bae (-biː)
Word Origin for tuba
Cultural definitions for 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.