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 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 Experts consider cave diving one of the riskiest forms of scuba diving. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "All 12 Boys and Their Soccer Coach Rescued From Thai Cave," 10 July 2018 Drowning Accident Rescue Team members are preparing to strap on scuba tanks and search the bottom of the river for the boy, Taylor said. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Search underway for young boy who disappeared in Sacramento River," 22 June 2018 An enlarged spleen seems to function like a bigger scuba tank. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea," 19 Apr. 2018 There's no other way to access these unexplored areas than to strap on your scuba tanks and jump in. Tom Iliffe, Washington Post, "A lot can go wrong when you’re a professor who does research by cave diving," 14 Jan. 2018 In addition to the pros, scuba diving enthusiasts visiting the Caribbean are joining in the hunt. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Lionfish in the Caribbean: Destructive menace, delicious dinner," 3 July 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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