tu·​ba | \ ˈtü-bə, 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 , ˈtyü-​ \ or tubist \ ˈtü-​bist , ˈtyü-​ \ noun

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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 There's that homicidal frog/foreboding foghorn/evil tuba again. Meredith Bodgas, Woman's Day, "The 10 Stages of Being Awoken by Your Husband's Snoring," 29 July 2015 Principal tuba player Carol Jantsch emphasized that her instrument requires so much effort for producing sound that a clear, cultivated mental image of the music’s message is an essential starting point. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra plays Tel Aviv in its second of three shows in Israel," 4 June 2018 Keith was accomplished as a musician -- both vocalist and tuba player, as an actor and lighting and sound technician in local theatre, and in the Scouts, serving as scoutmaster throughout much of his adulthood. courant.com, "Edward Keith Howell," 27 May 2018 That’s because users are not parceled out individually, but rather as constituents of large populations—tuba players, or owners of diabetic cats. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Much Money Facebook Gets From Selling Your Data," 19 June 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, 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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