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 Vescovo has explored the deepest parts of the oceans with his submersible DSSV Limiting Factor and mothership Pressure Drop. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 6 June 2022 In the niche realm of submersible pilots, females are even more scarce. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 12 July 2022 Its valves and tubing have been used in the world’s most advanced submersible operating at depths in excess of 1830 meters, and the Viking 1 spacecraft collected soil samples from Mars using Swagelok tube fittings. Judith Magyar, Forbes, 20 June 2022 Cruise ship companies have also been getting in on the submersible action in recent years. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 3 June 2022 OceanGate says the schedule allows for up to five submersible dives on each mission. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s former chief scientist (and the first woman to fill the role) was vital in developing submersible technologies to better understand the 99% of the Earth covered by oceans. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 But in its semi-submersible mode, the central hull pod drops seven feet below the water, effectively becoming a see-through submarine for six. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2022 The oil enters through perforations in the pipe, then is typically forced up to the surface by a submersible pump. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Caladan believes this is the deepest side-scan sonar ever installed and operated on a submersible, which makes this a significant technical feat, too. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 24 June 2022 The first would feature Pandora's ocean and involve shooting footage at the bottom of the Mariana Trench with a deepwater submersible. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 May 2022 The naturalist William Beebe was the first to explore the Hudson Canyon during his 1925 deep-sea voyage in the Bathysphere, the first crewed submersible. Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 2022 On his screen, caught in light cast by the submersible, was a hazy yet recognizable form: a squid. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2022 The following year China sent a crewed submersible, the Fendouzhe, to a point nearly as deep on a scouting mission that included prospecting for new mineral sources. Jason Sherman, Scientific American, 2 May 2022 Vescovo undertook five dives down to the wreck aboard his Triton submersible, Limiting Factor, in 2019. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022 What a thing, to be in a submersible for the first time, separated from reef fish and gin-clear water by nothing more than a few inches of acrylic. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 24 Oct. 2021 Shadowcat today announced a 79-foot catamaran that would serve as a mothership for a deep-diving Triton 3300/3 MKII submersible. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of submersible


1807, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Submersible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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