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

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Marine scientists used a five-person submersible to learn more about the sand lance, a forage fish that is a staple of the chinook salmon diet. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "In a five-person submarine, scientists in Friday Harbor unravel the mysteries of the Salish Sea," 16 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And a new generation of submersibles is driving new discoveries. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How underwater archaeology reveals hidden wonders," 2 Aug. 2019 Some deepwater sharks are primarily known from submersibles, such as the giant sixgill shark, which feeds mainly on carrion but probably also preys on other animals in the deep sea. Gavin Naylor, The Conversation, "Shark Week looms, but don’t panic," 25 July 2019 On August 2, 2007, three Russian explorers crammed inside a submersible underneath thick sea ice at the North Pole descended 4,300 meters to the dark seafloor below. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor," 23 July 2019 The 14 Russian seamen who died in a fire on one of the navy's research submersibles earlier this week were laid to rest in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Fox News, "Russian seamen who died in mysterious navy submarine accident are buried," 7 July 2019 Police have continued searches of the lake, using submersibles to scan the bottom of the lake, over the last few days., "Switzerland International Florijana Ismaili's Body Recovered After Swimming Accident in Italy," 2 July 2019 The name was given to a small submersible aboard the ship instead. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Hey! Boaty McBoatFace made a real climate discovery! Unmanned sub sends valuable data," 20 June 2019 As the surveys ended and the currents became too strong to fight, the surface vessel ordered our submersible to return to the surface. David Keyton, The Seattle Times, "Off the Seychelles, a dive into a never-seen landscape," 13 Apr. 2019 Wargaming officials said submersibles will be added as the permanent 5th class of vessels alongside World War II-era battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 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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