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

Examples of tuba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then came a small band, blaring out an anthem with four trumpets, a tuba, cymbals, and two drums. David Quammen, National Geographic, "To save wildlife, African governments turn to private management," 12 Nov. 2019 But while those species bellow at pitches of about 15 to 25 Hz, the new notes hit 52 Hz—only about as low as a tuba can manage. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "Seven mysterious sounds science has yet to solve," 27 Jan. 2020 The 46th annual Tuba Christmas Concert lead by conductor Bill Clark was performed with about 300 tuba players in the galleria of the Denver Performing Arts Complex in Denver on Dec. 22, 2019. Special To The Denver Post, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Tuba Christmas in Denver," 22 Dec. 2019 The music of the Arturo O’Farrill Ensemble was assertive and rolling, with an agitated flute taking over from the tuba. Washington Post, "On a cold night, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence offers the balm of human warmth," 9 Nov. 2019 Some 300 tuba players gather to play holiday tunes and sing holiday songs. Special To The Denver Post, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Tuba Christmas in Denver," 22 Dec. 2019 There would be no frantic comeback from Stanford, no incidents with trombones or even a tuba. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Go ahead, Cal, call it The Drive," 23 Nov. 2019 Interested tuba and euphonium players can register to join the concert up to the day of the performance; interested audiences don’t have to pay a dime to hear dozens of their favorite local low brass players perform holiday favorites. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Go beyond 'Deck the halls’ with this guide to classical holiday concerts in Baltimore," 26 Nov. 2019 Perry’s parents are Stephen Perry, the orchestra’s longtime principal tuba player, and Sharon Dennison, a violist with the HSO for nearly four decades until her retirement last season. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "‘Drum Circles’ to make Hartford debut when Percussion Collective performs with HSO," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tuba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuba. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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