Definition of scuba in English:


Syllabification: scu·ba
Pronunciation: /ˈsko͞obə


  • 1An aqualung.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1Scuba diving.
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    • 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.


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

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