side-scan sonar

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\ ˈsīd-ˌskan- How to pronounce side-scan sonar (audio) \

Definition of side-scan sonar

: a sonar that scans the ocean floor to the side of a ship's track and is used especially for mapping the ocean bottom

Examples of side-scan sonar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The side-scan sonar, which is higher frequency, louder, and pings fifty-six times in eighty seconds, didn’t travel far in Scoresby Sound. Marguerite Holloway, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 The search included a coordinated side-scan sonar search of the waters and a cutter, small boat, and helicopter from the Coast Guard, the statement said. BostonGlobe.com, 23 May 2021 The sailboat has still not been recovered, despite searches by a dive team from the Warwick Fire Department and the Warwick Police side-scan sonar. BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2021 Today’s searchers also use autonomous underwater vehicles outfitted with cameras, sensors and side-scan sonar. Kim Kavin, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2021 In January, a dive-rescue team brought a side-scan sonar from Maryland to scour a likely area, peering into the depths with no luck. Joanne Kimberlin, baltimoresun.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Recovery crews over the past week had traced and retraced the two-mile stretch of water between the dam and West Washington Street with a side-scan sonar. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Apr. 2021 The craft will be outfitted with a 1,000-gallon-per-minute pump for firefighting and side-scan sonar for search-and-recovery efforts. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2020 The side-scan sonar allows crews to target, and search for, objects with a specific size profile, Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 12 July 2020

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First Known Use of side-scan sonar

1967, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2021

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“Side-scan sonar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/side-scan%20sonar. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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