bathyscaphe

noun

bathy·​scaphe ˈba-thi-ˌskaf How to pronounce bathyscaphe (audio)
-ˌskāf
variants or bathyscaph
: a navigable submersible for deep-sea exploration having a spherical watertight cabin attached to its underside

Examples of bathyscaphe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Trieste, as the bathyscaphe is known, touched down 35,814 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. U-T Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2023 Advertisement The Trieste, as the bathyscaphe is known, touched down on a relatively soft spot 35,814 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 If Walsh and Piccard’s bathyscaphe was a dirigible, the sleek experimental vehicle being built for Welsh is a fighter jet. Eliza Strickland, IEEE Spectrum, 29 Feb. 2012 On 20 January 1960, a command ship, a tug, and the bathyscaphe set out from Guam. Eliza Strickland, IEEE Spectrum, 29 Feb. 2012 In 1960, Auguste’s son Jacques Piccard steered a pressurized steel sphere called a bathyscaphe to the deepest point in the world’s oceans, at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Helen Fields, Discover Magazine, 20 May 2014 In 1960, as part of a USN project, Walsh and the late Jacques Piccard took the bathyscaphe Trieste to Challenger Deep at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth nearly seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Jim Clash, Forbes, 4 Feb. 2023 On the morning of January 23, 1960, Jacques Piccard asserted that right, as the bathyscaphe, named Trieste, floated over the Mariana Trench, near Guam. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2022 The bathyscaphe design, therefore, mirrored that of his stratospheric balloon. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French bathyscaphe, from bathy- bathy- + Greek skáphos "hull of a ship, ship"

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bathyscaphe was in 1947

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“Bathyscaphe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bathyscaphe. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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bathyscaphe

noun
bathy·​scaphe ˈbath-i-ˌskaf How to pronounce bathyscaphe (audio)
-ˌskāf
variants or bathyscaph
: a ship that can be guided underwater for deep-sea exploration and has a round watertight cabin attached to its underside

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