sub·mers·ible | \ səb-ˈmər-sə-bəl \

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

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That shorter list includes parts for aircraft-engine turbines, submersible electric pumps, locomotives and steam boilers. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Caught in Trump’s Trade Fight: GE Factories in Wisconsin, South Carolina," 24 June 2018 The OnePlus 6 does not have the strong, submersible water resistance of the competition. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 6 Review—A series of downgrades is saved by the low price," 21 May 2018 When Laborde was looking for investors for a mobile, submersible offshore-drilling rig, Charles Murphy Jr., the leader of Murphy Oil Corp., loaned him $500,000 and helped Laborde round up other investors. Contributing Writer,, "He was considered the father of the offshore oil industry. Can you name him?," 16 May 2018 Boeing and Lockheed Martin recently were named finalists in the U.S. Navy’s Orca Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater vehicle project, which aims to develop big submersible drones capable of handling long-distance missions with significant payloads. Mike Freeman,, "The next frontier for defense drones may be the world's oceans," 23 Oct. 2017 The face of one of the occupants is just visible through one of the submersible round ports. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "In the Early 20th Century, the Department of Tropical Research Was Full of Glamorous Adventure," 25 Apr. 2017 The weeklong expedition to the Andrea Doria, organized by submersible company OceanGate, was designed to collect information on the current condition of the wreck. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Why an Astronaut Is Exploring the 'Mount Everest of Shipwrecks'," 14 June 2016 Buy a submersible small fountain pump with a flow control valve at most any hardware store. The Pecks,, "Adding soothing water feature to a garden can be simple, following these steps: The Pecks," 18 June 2017 In the last decade, traffickers also have begun using semi-submersible ships designed to be barely visible on the ocean’s surface. Ryan Van Velzer,, "Cocaine comes roaring back to South Florida — and then some," 26 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aborting their plan to surface, the filmmakers followed the strange creature around for 25 minutes, capturing its movements through the submersible’s 1.4 meter-wide window. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’. Video of mating deep-sea anglerfish stuns biologists," 22 Mar. 2018 The rescue effort attracted diving experts from all over the world and even the attention of billionaire inventor Elon Musk, who dispatched his own engineering team that brought along a tiny submersible. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Daring Rescue that Saved the Thai Soccer Team," 10 July 2018 An additional four can travel in the rear of the submersible. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Futuristic mini-sub could be a valuable weapon for Navy SEALs," 7 June 2018 In the front, the mini submersible can carry two special operators as pilots. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Futuristic mini-sub could be a valuable weapon for Navy SEALs," 7 June 2018 Manned submersibles have gone to those depths for almost 50 years. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "China Has Plans For a "Space Station" 10,000 Feet Beneath the Sea," 10 June 2016 Different kinds of submersibles and robots that can operate in new ways. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Chris Kirchhoff, formerly of the Pentagon’s Silicon Valley office, on Recode Decode," 31 Mar. 2018 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will conduct the dive with a robotic submersible craft to be launched from the research vessel Okeanos Explorer, aquarium officials said in a release. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Mysterious shipwreck lies off Hatteras. Watch live as it's explored for the first time.," 11 June 2018 One effort will involve drilling sensors through the ice and then driving several autonomous submersibles and gliders toward these stations. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "U.S.-U.K. science armada to target vulnerable Antarctic ice sheet," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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