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 As of Tuesday evening, crews had so far been able to find three passenger vehicles, a cement truck and a fifth vehicle submerged in the river using infrared and side-scan sonar technology, according the city’s fire chief, James Wallace. David Matthews, New York Daily News, 26 Mar. 2024 Searchers used thermal and side-scan sonar technologies on the land and water near where Hughes' vehicle was found. The Enquirer, 17 Mar. 2024 On Thursday morning, deputies utilized a side-scan sonar, which is used to detect & image objects on the lake floor, and his body was announced to have been found hours later. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2023 Dive searches were conducted in areas identified by side-scan sonar, both in the morning and afternoon, yet no new information has surfaced after the CV-22 Osprey aircraft crashed on Wednesday, the 10th Regional Coast Guard told ABC News. Anthony Trotter, ABC News, 2 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for side-scan sonar 

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of side-scan sonar was in 1967

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“Side-scan sonar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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