diving bell


Definition of 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 Per the Wall Street Journal’s Edward Rothstein, the team submerged three divers housed in a 12-foot-long diving bell near the wreck for 69 days. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Who Owns the Art Recovered From Shipwrecks?," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of diving bell

1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Diving bell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diving%20bell. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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diving bell


English Language Learners Definition of diving bell

: a large container that is open at the bottom, filled with air, and lowered into deep water to provide a dry place for underwater workers

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