diving bell


: a diving apparatus consisting of a container open only at the bottom and supplied with compressed air by a hose

Examples of diving bell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consider the diving bell spider, Argyroneta aquatica, an overachieving arachnid that is the only one known to do it all under water: breathe, hunt, dine on insects and their larvae, and make spiderlings. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2024 The Submarine Rescue Chamber, or SRC, is a small diving bell operated by the Undersea Rescue Command and stationed at Naval Station North Island, California. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2023 In 1535, Italian inventor Guglielmo de Lorena and his partner Francesco de Marchi returned to the wrecks with a new and exciting technology: a diving bell. Paul Cooper, Discover Magazine, 7 Nov. 2018 Hannes Keller, a Swiss deep-sea explorer who survived a record descent to more than 1,000 feet in a diving bell during a 1962 expedition that helped open new frontiers in ocean research but claimed two lives in the process, died Dec. 1 at his home in Niederglatt, Switzerland. Phil Davison, Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2022 The diving bell spider is the only member of its group to spend its entire life underwater. Discover Magazine, 8 June 2011 When the film opens, a distressed diving bell descends into the ruins of a city. Karen Idelson, Variety, 22 June 2022 Scientists have measured oxygen diffusing into the diving bell and carbon dioxide diffusing out to facilitate a spider’s breathing. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2021 As Underwater Breathing Tanks Only one arachnid lives most of its life underwater: the diving bell spider (Argyroneta aquatica). Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diving bell was in 1661

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“Diving bell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diving%20bell. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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diving bell

: a diving device consisting of a container open only at the bottom and supplied with compressed air by a hose

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