tu·​ba | \ ˈtü-bə How to pronounce tuba (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Definition of tuba

: a large low-pitched brass instrument usually oval in shape and having a conical tube, a cup-shaped mouthpiece, and a usual range an octave lower than that of the euphonium

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Other Words from tuba

tubaist \ ˈtü-​bə(-​i)st How to pronounce tubaist (audio) , ˈtyü-​ \ or tubist \ ˈtü-​bist How to pronounce tubist (audio) , ˈtyü-​ \ noun

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Don Quixote is represented as a solo cello (spelled by solo violin), Sancho Panza as a solo viola (with help from bass clarinet and tenor tuba). Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Nelsons and the BSO shine in Widmann and Richard Strauss," 31 Mar. 2018 Below the noise and brutally driving rhythms the music seethes with weird effects — queasy lyricism in the strings, sinister grunts from the contrabassoon, trombones and tuba. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma turn up the heat in an all-Russian program," 15 June 2018 Holding down the bottom end will be Ben Stapp on tuba. John Adamian, courant.com, "Stephen Haynes' Knuckleball To Perform At Real Art Ways," 2 June 2018 The tracks build from piano and earnest percussion toward sometimes lavish instrumentation; the saxophonist Kamasi Washington did arrangements for French horn, tuba, flute and bass clarinet. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, "‘I Never Thought I Would Talk About It.’ So Florence Welch Put It in a Song.," 14 June 2018 Last month, a tuba player blew velvety notes across Bell Street Park while two people played giant chess. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "These are Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Next year, they’ll lose their only community center.," 22 Oct. 2018 Jaffe's sousaphone tuba, manufactured by Mario Corso, is boldly marked with the name Preservation Hall on the bell. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Tuba theft is more common than you might think: report," 8 Mar. 2018 The barrels are conclave at the bottom, and tuned to either a lower range of notes like a tuba, or mid-range and higher tones like trumpets and flutes, giving the full band an orchestra-like sound. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Parkview Intermediate music director had a few steel drums and an idea," 6 June 2018 Ranging in age from 14 to 21, the performers make up the horn line (brass instruments such as trumpet, tuba and trombone), percussion (drums, cymbals, keyboards and more) and color guard. Anne Dunlap, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Drum Corps International marches into Orlando," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of tuba

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tuba

Italian, from Latin, trumpet

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English Language Learners Definition of tuba

: a large brass musical instrument that is played by blowing air into it and that produces low tones


tu·​ba | \ ˈtü-bə How to pronounce tuba (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of tuba

: a brass musical instrument of lowest pitch with an oval shape and valves for producing different tones

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