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tuba

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tuba the lowest brass wind instrument
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The brass family of instruments include the trumpet, trombone, tuba, cornet, flügelhorn, French horn, saxhorn, and sousaphone. While they are usually made of brass today, in the past they were made of wood, horn, and glass.
    • n Tuba (Mus) An ancient trumpet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Neither the saxophone, the tuba, the coronet, nor the valve trumpet existed before 1800.
    • n tuba An ancient Roman trumpet with a straight tube of metal, like the Greek salpinx.
    • n tuba In the Philippine Islands, Guam, and the west coast of Mexico, the sap obtained from the immature inflorescence of the coconut, which is allowed to ferment and is used as a beverage, and from which a distilled liquor called vino, or aguardiente, is obtained.
    • n tuba In the peninsula of Malacca and the Malay Archipelago, a name applied to a number of fish-intoxicants, especially to Deguelia elliptica, and in the Philippine Islands to Croton Tiglium, Jatropha Curcas, and Cocculus Cocculus, used for the same purpose.
    • n tuba A musical instrument of the trumpet family, of very large size and low pitch. It is essentially similar to the bombardon, though not always made in the same shape. Its compass is nearly four octaves, including, by means of three or five valves, all the chromatic tones. The fundamental tone is usually the third F or Eþ below middle C. Lower varieties are often called bass or contra-bass tubas. The tuba is much used in military bands, and is more or less common in the orchestra, where it is used in conjunction with the trombones.
    • n tuba In organ-building, a reed-stop of large scale, so connected with a separate bellows with extra weights that the tones are of exceptional power and majesty. Usually called tuba mirabilis.
    • n tuba In anatomy and zoül, a tube or tubular part or organ; specifically, the Eustachian tube, or salpinx. See hydra tuba (under hydra), and cut under scyphistoma.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tuba tū′ba a large, low-pitched trumpet-shaped instrument: in organs, a reed-stop of large scale:
    • n Tuba tū′ba (anat.) a tube, or tubular organ
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., trumpet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

There is no pause between the 'Dies Irae' and 'Tuba mirum,' but the pace of the latter movement is reduced to half what it was before.
"The Standard Oratorios" by George P. Upton
We use the tuba plant, which the Malays prepare for use.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
This is called the delicious 'tuba' liquor, and we catch it in cups made from half of a coconut shell.
"Fil and Filippa" by John Stuart Thomson
It is called tuba, and is liked by all the soldiers.
"A Soldier in the Philippines" by Needom N. Freeman
I might add that the tuba does not affect the flesh of the fish, which can be eaten with safety.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
The Bishop had paid the Dyaks to collect tuba the week before.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
Up, give the signal with the tubas: Forward!
"A Captive of the Roman Eagles" by Felix Dahn
There they look askance now at new-comers, who reach the shadow of the tuba-tree without the rumor of victory.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
The most amusing of these stories is that of the horn and tuba.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
Do you not hear the tuba?
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
The tuba blared again, and the chariots entered in a stately procession.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
Some novices seem to treat it with as little respect as though it were made out of brass like a tuba or a trombone.
"Great Singers on the Art of Singing" by James Francis Cooke
Trombones and Tuba may also be doubled: Trombone + Fag., Tuba + Fag.
"Principles of Orchestration" by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
In the late afternoon we reached Tuba, with its Indian school and its trader's store.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt
In practice the instrument was found to be of little use, and was superseded by the bass tuba.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
Would you like to play a tuba in a ladies' orchestra?
"Hints to Pilgrims" by Charles Stephen Brooks
The Jews and after them the early Christians and the Moslems, had their Tuba or Tree of Paradise.
"Cultus Arborum" by Anonymous
Me tuba terrificans mortis vocat.
"The Dance of Death" by Francis Douce
Tuba quae directa est appellatur buccina, quae in semet ipsam aereo circulo flectitur.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
You see, we started from Tuba early and we just didn't watch the trails, so here we are.
"The Little Indian Weaver" by Madeline Brandeis
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In poetry:

They'll give you a curled tuba, tall as Rumor,
They'll sit you on a puff of Autumn cloud,
Gilded-fantastic as your scorn and humor
And let you blow that tuba much too loud.
"To Rosemary, On The Methods" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

With three tuba players and only two tubas, the music director of.
Larry David Encourages Young People To Vote, With Tuba Music.
Haugan was world-class tuba player.
Paul Haugan was a natural on the tuba from an early age.
On tuba, drums and trombone, Joshua Brown.
Film Oscar-nominated live-action shorts: Tuba Atlantic.
For the longest time, Matt McCants' only chance on a football field came when he marched as one very large high school tuba player.
The Tuba Takes Its Spotlight In Mexican Bandas.
John Beck and the high school tuba player.
Jay Converse, 55, plays the tuba while walking along Braddock Road in Fairfax.
Fairfax County's Tuba Guy fills the streets with his sound.
The brasso profundos will be out in force tomorrow afternoon in Pioneer Square for the 20th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert.
Nevertheless, you don't run across a lineup of guitar, drums and tuba everyday.
One of the reasons there are so few works composed for solo tuba is that no two tubas are the same.
Large crowd this year at the Tuba Christmas event in downtown Portland.
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In science:

Duru thanks the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) for its support.
A Simple Path Integration For the Time Dependent Oscillator
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