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[skoo-buh] /ˈsku bə/
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 of scuba
1950-55; s(elf)-c(ontained) u(nderwater) b(reathing) a(pparatus) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scuba
  • 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.
  • His hobbies include building guitars, mountain climbing, and scuba diving.
  • So they got into their scuba gear, dove in with their audio equipment, and started playing the sequence.
  • Besides, while scuba diving is a fun approximation of free fall, it's still not the real thing.
  • But put on your scuba fins and you'll discover a slightly less romantic picture.
  • Abundant reefs and sparkling blue waters have also made the island a playground for scuba divers and snorkelers.
  • Harnessed up and ready to dive, the fat penguin looks as though it has its own mini scuba tank.
British Dictionary definitions for scuba


  1. an apparatus used in skindiving, consisting of a cylinder or cylinders containing compressed air attached to a breathing apparatus
  2. (as modifier): scuba diving
Word Origin
C20: from the initials of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
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Word Origin and History for scuba

1952, acronym for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

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self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
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