from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large, valved, brass wind instrument with a bass pitch.
- n. A reed stop in an organ, having eight-foot pitch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large brass musical instrument, usually in the bass range, played through a vibration of the lips upon the mouthpiece and fingering of the keys.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient trumpet.
- n. A sax-tuba. See sax-tuba.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient Roman trumpet with a straight tube of metal, like the Greek salpinx.
- n. 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. 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. A musical instrument of the trumpet family, of very large size and low pitch.
- n. 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. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the lowest brass wind instrument
In the interest of alcoholic comprehensiveness, "tuba" is also the Philippine name for fermented palm tree sap, which can either be made into a wine-like beverage or soured into vinegar.
A cursed tuba from the Titanic is this episode’s Maguffin, plus Roxy and her succubi return.
A tuba is a weak, puny thing fit only for mewling, puking babes and Guy Lombardo -- the better to harass balding, middle-aged dancers.
Or an entire band jammed in a phone booth to call the tuba player who had to stay at home with his lip in a cast.
It is called tuba, and is liked by all the soldiers.
Like the coco and following the same process the nipa yields a liquid also called tuba and possessing properties identical with those of the former plant.
The poison which stupefies or even kills the fish, without making it unfit for food, is secured from the root of a plant called tuba and described to me as being a vine.
They steep the root of a certain climbing plant, called tuba, of strong narcotic qualities, in the water where the fish are observed, which produces such an effect that they become intoxicated and to appearance dead, float on the surface of the water, and are taken with the hand.
Evenings are spent with the island chief who insists that the rare visitors who drop by spend evenings with him drinking a powerful brew called tuba, made from the sap of a coconut tree, while locals sing to the music of their guitars.
Food - mostly crabs, turtles, fish and wild chickens - is cooked on an open fire and the island chief insists that the rare visitors who drop by spend evenings with him drinking a powerful brew called tuba, made from the sap of a coconut tree, while locals sing softly by oil lamplight to the music of their guitars.