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tuba

[too-buh, tyoo-] /ˈtu bə, ˈtyu-/
noun, plural tubas for 1a, b, 2; tubae
[too-bee, tyoo-] /ˈtu bi, ˈtyu-/ (Show IPA),
for 1c.
1.
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.
2.
Meteorology, funnel cloud.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Latin: trumpet; akin to tube
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  • In the last year he has taken jobs where he could find them, such as with a tuba-and-banjo band.
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British Dictionary definitions for tuba

tuba

/ˈtjuːbə/
noun (pl) -bas, -bae (-biː)
1.
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
2.
any other bass brass instrument such as the euphonium, helicon, etc
3.
a powerful reed stop on an organ
4.
a form of trumpet of ancient Rome
Word Origin
Latin
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Word Origin and History for tuba
n.

1852, from French tuba, from Latin tuba (plural tubæ) "straight bronze war trumpet" (as opposed to the crooked bucina), related to tubus (see tube).

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tuba in Culture

tuba definition


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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tuba in Technology
networking, protocol
An Internet protocol, described in RFC 1347, RFC 1526 and RFC 1561, and based on the OSI Connectionless Network Protocol (CNLP).
TUBA is one of the proposals for Internet Protocol Version 6.
(1995-04-03)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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