so·​no·​buoy ˈsä-nə-ˌbȯi How to pronounce sonobuoy (audio)
: a buoy equipped for detecting underwater sounds and transmitting them by radio

Examples of sonobuoy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new agreement also sets up a series of military exercises involving the use of undersea and surface maritime drones and improves the ability of the three countries to share intelligence and data collected by their sonobuoys. Lolita C. Baldor, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2023 Entertainment & Arts James Cameron says Titan submersible passengers likely had warning just before implosion June 22, 2023 A moment of promise came Tuesday when the Coast Guard confirmed reports that banging noises were detected on the seafloor by sonobuoys dropped from Canadian aircraft. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2023 In an email, Simone Baumann-Pickering, an acoustic ecologist at UC San Diego, said multiple sonobuoys can be used to localize a sound source. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2023 As the search continued through Tuesday, sonobuoys in the ocean picked up on banging sounds that could indicate the vessel’s whereabouts. Time, 20 June 2023 Advertisement - Scroll to Continue Predator drones can operate at an altitude of over 40,000 feet and drop sensors or sonobuoys to track the presence of enemy submarines. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2023 The other half of the ADAR system is the AN/SSQ-110A sonobuoy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Jan. 2022 In case of any damage to the sonobuoy, do not handle. David W. Brown, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 Unauthorized handling of the sonobuoy may cause personal injury. David W. Brown, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sonobuoy was in 1937

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“Sonobuoy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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