scuba

noun, often attributive
scu·​ba | \ ˈskü-bə How to pronounce scuba (audio) \

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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California has always been at the forefront of scuba diving. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "After fire, divers worry that burst of regulations will restrain free-spirited sport," 10 Sep. 2019 Dozens of people trapped on a scuba diving boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast appear to have died from smoke inhalation, not burns, authorities said Friday. Stefanie Dazio, chicagotribune.com, "Smoke, not fire, blamed for 34 deaths in California dive boat disaster," 6 Sep. 2019 Dozens of people trapped on a scuba diving boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast appear to have died from smoke inhalation, not burns, authorities said Friday. Stefanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, "Victims of fire on dive boat off California were killed by smoke, authorities say," 6 Sep. 2019 Thirty-three people had signed up to spend the Labor day weekend scuba diving and exploring colorful underwater sea life. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Roaring flames blocked escape routes and trapped sleeping scuba divers, official says. Dozens are feared dead," 4 Sep. 2019 Five breathless men soaking wet and shivering in their underwear told the Hansens of a catastrophic fire that had ravaged their 75-foot commercial scuba diving vessel, the Conception, only several hundred feet away. New York Times, "California Boat Fire Kills at Least 20; Haunting Pleas as Flames Erupt," 2 Sep. 2019 Commercial operations to harvest the clams today use scuba diving gear and high-pressure water jets, so the judge felt earlier inhabitants wouldn’t have been able to access the food source. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "This Centuries-Old Geoduck Shell May Rewrite the Rules About Who Can Harvest the Fancy Clam," 27 Aug. 2019 It's known for being so deep that it's also used for scuba diving as well as swimming. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "These are the best swimming holes in Texas," 22 Aug. 2019 Being hit in the face with a jellyfish while deep-sea scuba diving. Georgia Frances King, Quartz, "The world’s most famous explorers on how they handle high-stress situations," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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scuba

noun
scu·​ba | \ ˈskü-bə How to pronounce scuba (audio) \

Kids Definition of scuba

: equipment used for breathing while swimming underwater

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