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 The call was made from the DSSV Pressure Drop, which is the mothership of the submersible DSV Limiting Factor. Fox News, "Former NASA astronaut makes historic dive to ocean’s deepest point, calls space station crew," 9 June 2020 Sullivan dove to the bottom of the Challenger Deep and safely returned in her submersible vessel on Monday, according to EYOS Expeditions, the company that operated her expedition. NBC News, "First American woman to walk in space now first woman to reach deepest point of ocean," 9 June 2020 Attempts to shut down the leak using submersible robots to close valves fail. Lawrence Specker |, al, "A timeline of Deepwater Horizon disaster in Alabama," 19 Apr. 2020 Taylor noticed two anomalies just as the AUV began to malfunction, and sent another unmanned submersible armed with cameras to investigate. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Lost World War II Submarine Rediscovered 75 Years Later," 12 Nov. 2019 The difference between that project—which consists of 174 seven-megawatt wind turbines with towers that stand over 328 feet high—and WindFloat Atlantic, is that the latter is partially submersible and can float rather than be fixed to the seabed. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Largest Floating Wind Farm Is Already Hard at Work," 9 Jan. 2020 The submersible Esprit was also equipped with a rear-facing prismatic mirror that had been plucked from an Army tank. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a Couple Bought an Iconic Bond Car for $100—Then Sold It to Elon Musk for $1 Million," 2 Dec. 2019 Earlier this year Faure gave a groundbreaking speech from a submersible hundreds of meters below the Indian Ocean surface to highlight the fragility of one of the world’s least explored ecosystems. Washington Post, "Seychelles leader: No time for ‘blame game’ in climate fight," 29 Oct. 2019 The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro boarded the semi-submersible cargo ship and detained its crew. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch the Coast Guard Chase Down a Drug-Running Semi-Submersible," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mission could require an underwater vehicle to cut into the rapidly deteriorating roof if the submersible is unable to slip through a skylight. CBS News, "Retrieving the Titanic's radio would "disturb the wreck" and disrespect hundreds who died, U.S. argues," 10 June 2020 The submersible, which is built by Triton Submarines, was piloted by Victor Vescovo, founder of undersea technology specialist Caladan Oceanic. Fox News, "Former NASA astronaut makes historic dive to ocean’s deepest point, calls space station crew," 9 June 2020 The operation could require a submersible to cut into the rapidly deteriorating roof if the vehicle is unable to slip through a skylight. Ben Finley,, "US challenges planned expedition to retrieve Titanic’s radio," 9 June 2020 According to an Associated Press report, the company's 60-page plan calls for an uncrewed submersible to pass through a skylight. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "US court grants permission to recover Marconi telegraph from Titanic wreckage," 28 May 2020 By the time Vescovo contacted him, Lahey had piloted more than sixty submersibles on several thousand dives. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 Researchers have long proposed sending a submersible to Europa which would drill down through the moon’s thick crust—perhaps slipping into one of these canyons—to explore the ocean beneath. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Every Moon in Our Solar System, Ranked," 7 Apr. 2020 The IP67 Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth speaker is regularly advertised as submersible. NBC News, "Is the iPhone or Apple Watch waterproof? A guide to water-resistant devices," 7 Feb. 2020 Unlike most submersibles, which use nuclear or diesel electric power, the SDVs use electric motors fed by onboard batteries for propulsion. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Mini-Sub Is Like a Commuter Bus for Navy SEAL Commandos," 22 Jan. 2020

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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 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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