scuba

[skoo-buh]
noun
1.
a portable breathing device for free-swimming divers, consisting of a mouthpiece joined by hoses to one or two tanks of compressed air that are strapped on the back.
verb (used without object), scubaed, scubaing.

Origin:
1950–55; s(elf)-c(ontained) u(nderwater) b(reathing) a(pparatus)

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scuba (ˈskjuːbə)
 
n
a.  an apparatus used in skindiving, consisting of a cylinder or cylinders containing compressed air attached to a breathing apparatus
 b.  (as modifier): scuba diving
 
[C20: from the initials of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus]

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scuba
1952, acronym for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
scuba
self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
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Example sentences
Underwater archaeology has mainly been the preserve of scuba divers.
The sensation of calm weightlessness reminded me of scuba diving.
There he picked up scuba diving, one of his many athletic pastimes.
As a scuba diver, this would give me more bottom time, and a more efficient way
  of doing the various stages of my dive.
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