sonobuoy

noun
so·​no·​buoy | \ ˈsä-nə-ˌbȯi How to pronounce sonobuoy (audio) , -ˌbü-ē \

Definition of sonobuoy

: a buoy equipped for detecting underwater sounds and transmitting them by radio

Examples of sonobuoy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next, the sonobuoy unfolds a five-sided array of 40 underwater microphones (known as hydrophones), creating an underwater listening post. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Jan. 2022 In addition the Trackers were armed with sonobuoys, droppable listening posts that radio any contacts back to the plane. sandiegouniontribune.com, 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of sonobuoy

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Sonobuoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sonobuoy. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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