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▪ Beehive, another sulfide edifice, is a five-minute submersible ride due west of Moose.
▪ Farther forward on the main deck from the A-frame is the Alvin hangar, where the submersible is serviced every evening.
▪ If you could get out of the submersible, you could scoop the animals up by the handful.
▪ She was the first submersible to dive on the Titanic, which had lain undisturbed on the seabed for seventy-three years.
▪ The submersible, hatch open, pitched into the sea.
▪ These two characteristics combined make swimming megalopae easy to spot from the submersible.
▪ This system is what makes diving in a submersible sound like you are diving in a submersible.
▪ Those who have made the trip say that nothing compares to the intimate experience of creeping along the bottom in a submersible.
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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1862, from submerse or from Latin submers-, past participle stem of submergere + -ible. As a noun, from 1900, "a submersible craft." Alternative adjective submergible is attested from 1820, from submerge.


a. Able to be submerged. n. 1 (context British English) A small nonmilitary, non-nuclear submarine for exploration. 2 (context British English) A retroactive term used for non-nuclear submarines; nuclear submarines are termed "true submarines". 3 (context British English) A term used primarily by some navies for nuclear submarines, termed "true submersibles", because they cannot retroactively declare that their non-nuclear submarines should be called by a different name. 4 (context US English) A very small "baby" submarine designed for specific localized missions, usually while tethered to a submarine or ship for life support and communications. Slang synonyms: midget-submarine, anchor.

  1. adj. capable of being immersed in water or functioning while submerged; "a submersible pump"; "a submergible electric frying pan" [syn: submergible] [ant: nonsubmersible]

  2. n. an apparatus intended for use under water

  3. a warship designed to operate under water [syn: submersible warship] [ant: surface ship]


A submersible is a small vehicle designed to operate underwater. The term submersible is often used to differentiate from other underwater vehicles known as submarines, in that a submarine is a fully autonomous craft, capable of renewing its own power and breathing air, whereas a submersible is usually supported by a surface vessel, platform, shore team or sometimes a larger submarine. In common usage by the general public, however, the word submarine may be used to describe a craft that is by the technical definition actually a submersible. There are many types of submersibles, including both crewed and uncrewed craft, otherwise known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs. Submersibles have many uses worldwide, such as oceanography, underwater archaeology, ocean exploration, adventure, equipment maintenance and recovery, and underwater videography.

Usage examples of "submersible".

We left him on an abandoned platform somewhere in the South Littoral, but Aenea told him that submersibles would put in there within a day.

Both carried sledgehammers, but only one set out for the Benthic Marine submersible.

The lead diver gave the order to the winchman to lower the SDC another twenty meters to bring the submersible right alongside the anchor.

He was preoccupied, driving the dying submersible toward the still-out-of-sight coastline at a weakening eight knots, trying to keep the ship-functions on line, watching the skies for enemy chariots through the periscope buoy, and generally brooding about the improbability of their continued survival.

But with no harvester submersible within a thousand klicks, the beautiful beastie would be torn to shreds and devoured by the parasites in the flashlight kelp colonies, by salt sharks, by free-floating tube worms, and by other kraken long before a company harvester could get near it.

We have the Baekje en route to Yokohama to pick up a leased submersible that will be required for the deep-water recovery operation.

Slowly, Yoshida raised the twenty-four-ton submersible to a height of fifty feet, hesitating as he waited for its twisting motion to halt before swinging it over to a waiting pad on the Baekje's rear deck.

As dictated by Verden himself, Yaz's role in life for the forseeable future was to memorize the book and be ready to advise the Norsemen on what to do when one of their submersible claptraps broke down.

Once an opening was made, the submersibles moved in and lifted out the treasures, aided by the clamshell claws from the cranes on the surface.

Second, as the ship sank away from the influence of the outward-pressing gravity of the worlds, the mass displacers provided an artificial gravity for the occupants of the submersible.

They squirmed through the hatch into the submersible decompression chamber and dogged down the hatch behind them.

But now, after making four dives in the submersible, she was equally fascinated by the geological formations on its flat crown, especially since she’.

The battery-driven motors whined as Zavala goosed the throttle and pointed the submersible toward shore.

As soon as we've got the submersible under tow, follow along in our wake as though you were escorting us to the Hong Kong Harbor Patrol dock.

With few exceptions, the younger, single passengers and the senior citizens stood back bravely and watched as crewmen lowered husbands, their wives and young children down to the Deep Encounter, where they found themselves safe on the work deck amid the submersibles, robotic underwater vehicles and hydrographic survey equipment.