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semisubmersible

[sem-ee-suh b-mur-suh-buh l, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm i səbˈmɜr sə bəl, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
noun
1.
Also called semisubmersible rig. a self-propelled barge that is mounted on partially submerged legs supported by underwater pontoons, rides at anchor, and serves as a work base and living quarters in deep offshore drilling operations.
adjective
2.
of, for, or pertaining to a semisubmersible.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; semi- + submersible
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