submersible

1 of 2

adjective

sub·​mers·​ible səb-ˈmər-sə-bəl How to pronounce submersible (audio)
: capable of being submerged

submersible

2 of 2

noun

: something that is submersible
especially : a usually small underwater craft used especially for deep-sea research

Examples of submersible in a Sentence

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Adjective
After a day and a half of work, the unmanned submersible returns to the Offshore Surveyor. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Take Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Elon Musk, or Ben Taub’s meticulous examination of the Titan submersible implosion, or Luke Mogelson’s harrowing dispatch from the Donbas region, in Ukraine. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2023 In his last voyage, the expedition used an uncrewed submersible to scan 5,200 square miles of ocean floor. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 29 Jan. 2024 Aboard the submersible were Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, along with OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet and British billionaire Hamish Harding. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 The grocery bag lookalike morphed into a shimmering flesh-colored creature as the submersible got closer. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 And on Thursday morning, the Coast Guard found debris consistent with a catastrophic implosion of the submersible. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 In June, the Titan submersible set off on a journey to tour the wreckage of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Emma Roth, The Verge, 29 Sep. 2023 The missing Titanic submersible A submersible carrying five people vanished while on a tour of the Titanic wreckage off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, sparking a desperate, dayslong search that captivated the nation. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 31 Dec. 2023
Noun
And $750,000 dives to the bottom of the Mariana Trench help real-deal ocean exploration science by enabling operators to amortize the cost of building the expensive submersibles that do the research and also take the tourists down. Jim Clash, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Some have likened the minimal regulatory oversight for submersibles to the commercial space industry. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2023 Next up, submersibles and diving with underwater archeologists in Florida. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Feb. 2024 There are also two custom Midget-Submarines, two submersibles, and several ROVs and UUVs. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 25 Jan. 2024 But these sponges lurk so far underwater that scientists need submersibles or highly capable divers to find them. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 With go-fast boats or submersibles, traffickers can travel up to 14 days without docking, Ecuadorian Navy officials say, scratching their skin as needed to stay awake. Arturo Torres, Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2024 What are some of the discoveries that submersibles have brought to us? Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2023 Richard Branson goes on a mission for space with Virgin Galactic The Virgin Galactic flight comes days after a commercial submersible operated by a private company, OceanGate, imploded, killing all five people on board and raising questions about how such extreme adventures should be regulated. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 29 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1807, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of submersible was in 1807

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“Submersible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submersible. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

submersible

1 of 2 adjective
sub·​mers·​ible səb-ˈmər-sə-bəl How to pronounce submersible (audio)
: capable of being submerged
submersible pumps

submersible

2 of 2 noun
: something that is submersible

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