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scuba

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Pronunciation: /ˈskuːbə
 
, ˈskjuːbə
 
/

Definition of scuba in English:

noun

1An aqualung.
Example sentences
  • Try-dives are organised to give anyone interested a taste of breathing underwater using a scuba unit in a safe, controlled environment.
  • Shooters can fill the compressed air tank from either a standard scuba tank or from a high-pressure hand pump.
  • Breathing the very cold air from an open-circuit scuba system can chill the inner core of the body; after all, the lungs are a major area of blood supply.
1.1 [mass noun] Scuba diving: I want to do some scuba [as modifier]: scuba gear
More example sentences
  • For my last dive in North Cyprus I abandoned scuba gear to snorkel in shallow water without disturbing the feeding green turtles.
  • Our art class prepares for the dive by making cardboard scuba gear.
  • We recommend Louise takes the option which includes scuba gear and oxygen rental, so she won't need to bring her own equipment.

Origin

1950s: acronym from self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

Words that rhyme with scuba

Aruba, Cuba, Nuba, tuba, tuber

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