Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of equipment consisting of an oxygen tank and breathing apparatus used by divers to allow them to breathe underwater at depth.
  • v. To scuba dive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an apparatus containing compressed air or other oxygen-gas mixture, permitting a person to breathe under water; -- also called a scuba.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a device (trade name Aqua-Lung) that lets divers breathe under water; scuba is an acronym for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus

Etymologies

Aqualung was the original name for the first open-circuit SCUBA diving equipment by Emile Gagnan and Jacques Cousteau in 1943. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Plus, he was packing his "aqualung" which would almost certainly aid his performance:

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  • Through insightful anecdotes and often poignant memories, Jean-Michel sheds new light on the inventive, resourceful, passionate man who helped develop the "aqualung," scuba diving apparatuses and submersibles, and whose name became synonymous with underwater exploration and photography and ocean conservation.

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  • And with rubber that is soft to the skin and an innovative flexing joint to keep your toes from hyperextending they're more comfortable than anything you've rented—it's gear like this that will get you hooked. aqualung.com

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  • The aqualung allowed millions to see the ocean for themselves, creating a constituency for conservation.

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  • In 1943, Cousteau, working with engineer mile Gagnan, invented the aqualung, a system of regulators that remains the core of modern scuba gear and that played a huge role in opening up the oceans to millions of people.

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  • Composed of a few simple parts in a rugged design, the Cousteau aqualung transformed diving from a dangerous pastime for a small number of daredevils into an accessible and surprisingly safe hobby engaged in by millions.

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  • In fact, the word "aquitane" is a corruption of the Middle English word for "aqualung."

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  • August 4, 2008 at 1:20 pm funni! iz nawt ne bedr eerwurm ten aqualung…lyk iv hadda cuppul daze………

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  • The girls turquoise eyes bulged with fright behind a diving mask, the ugly rubber mouthpiece of an aqualung clamped between the perfect O of her lips.

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  • Her hands restrained and thus unable to gesture, Stiletto was urgently dipping her head towards the dials on the aqualung.

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  • Aqua-Lung, which first appeared in the Cousteau-Gagnan patent, is a trademark currently owned by the company U.S. Divers.

    July 9, 2010