sub·​mers·​ible | \ səb-ˈmər-sə-bəl How to pronounce submersible (audio) \

Definition of submersible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being submerged



Definition of submersible (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of submersible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While the port is submersible, the adapter cannot be wet. John Christopher Fine,, 4 June 2021 The ship is equipped with a submersible rescue vessel that can slip underwater, connect with a submarine and ferry crew to safety, according to information on Singapore’s defense ministry website. Jon Emont, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 He and the submersible crew were taken back to Cork, where Brady bought a bottle of Irish whiskey to celebrate. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2021 The story became more interesting when, three years later, a biologist saw an underwater creature, similar to the original fossil, by using a bathysphere (submersible). Jim Dobson, Forbes, 16 May 2021 In September 2015, another Russian ship, Yantar, equipped with two submersible craft, targeted a major undersea cable near the U.S. base of Guantanamo, which carries vital global Internet communications. Néstor T. Carbonell, National Review, 12 Apr. 2021 Vescovo has spent over $50 million of his personal funds to build his research vessels, DSSV Pressure Drop and the submersible Limiting Factor, and to subsidize their missions exploring the ocean’s deepest trenches. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 10 Apr. 2021 Buoys keep the strings upright, while a remotely operated submersible anchors them and connects them into power and communication networks. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 31 Mar. 2021 For the uninitiated, a sump pump is simply a submersible electric pump that sits in a hole, called the sump pit. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brady sat at the control panel and used joysticks to manipulate the submersible’s steering, lights, cameras and an arm that could hold or grab various items. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2021 So far as is definitely known, however, a submersible to be built for the United States will be the largest of all. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 8 Apr. 2021 A few hours of research time and an autonomous robotic submersible unearthed what had been hidden since the 1940s: countless barrels of toxic waste, laced with DDT, littering the ocean floor in between Long Beach and Catalina Island. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 12 Apr. 2021 The submersible, Caladan Oceanic's DSV Limiting Factor, descends into the depths with a nine-centimeter-thick titanium pressure hull that can hold two people inside. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Apr. 2021 The dives were made possible by using the world’s only certified, state-of-the-art full ocean depth submersible. Wayne Baker, The Enquirer, 3 May 2021 Operating a submersible with an unlimited diving depth, Victor Vescovo found the wreckage of the USS Johnston, a United States Navy destroyer that sunk in what historians consider to have been the largest naval confrontation in world history. CBS News, 10 Apr. 2021 The submersible, Limiting Factor, made two 8-hour dives—the deepest wreck dives on record—to discover the bow of the sunken destroyer. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Apr. 2021 Caladan founder Victor Vescovo, who piloted the submersible, tweeted dramatic video of the shipwreck on Sunday. CBS News, 6 Apr. 2021

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1807, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Submersible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of submersible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to be used underwater



English Language Learners Definition of submersible (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small vehicle that can operate underwater and that is used especially for research

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