noun, often attributive
scu·​ba | \ˈskü-bə \

Definition of scuba 

: an apparatus utilizing a portable supply of compressed gas (such as air) supplied at a regulated pressure and used for breathing while swimming underwater

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The dive to rescue the boys in the Tham Luang Cave area is risky and requires divers to hold them close and dress them in scuba gear, Reuters reported. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "4 freed from Thailand cave, but rescuers face 'war with water and time' to get to others," 9 July 2018 Rescuers attempting to free a youth soccer team from a vast cave in northern Thailand face enormous obstacles if children who can't even swim are to don scuba gear and flee their watery prison before the rainy season ends in the fall. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Life-or-death situation': Rescuers face huge obstacles to free Thailand soccer team from watery cave," 3 July 2018 Fiji and Papua New Guinea Lynette WilsonDestination WorldShe’s the ultimate go-to in the region for scuba diving, water-view villas, and off-the-grid hiking. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Even if they are found, though, officials have cautioned that getting them to safety could take time and even require the boys to learn the basics of scuba. Tassanee Vejpongsa,, "Thai soccer players missing inside flooded cave: 'Where is my child?'," 26 June 2018 Even if they are found, though, officials have cautioned that getting them to safety could take time and even require the boys to learn the basics of scuba. Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Seattle Times, "Missing Thai soccer team known for adventures together," 26 June 2018 The rescue effort would likely involve scuba-diving them out of the waterlogged cavern where they have been stranded, a diver at the scene said Saturday, but details of any operation Sunday remained unclear. NBC News, "Thai officials clear media from cave site, rescue attempt for trapped boys could be imminent," 8 July 2018 After claiming your isle, fish for trophy bass, water-ski, scuba-dive in search of rare freshwater jellyfish, or paddle the 16-mile Ouachita Geo Float Trail, which traces the intricate sedimentary rocks along the shoreline. The Editors, Outside Online, "North America's 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches," 1 June 2018 The band members were working at the Caribbean Sound Basin studio in Trinidad, taking breaks to travel, surf and scuba-dive. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Guns N’ Roses Rakes in Millions on Reunion Tour, but It’s Missing ‘Mr. Invisible’," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of scuba

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scuba

self-contained underwater breathing apparatus

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scu·​ba | \ˈskü-bə \

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: equipment used for breathing while swimming underwater

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