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[suh b-mur-suh-buh l] /səbˈmɜr sə bəl/
capable of being submersed.
capable of functioning while submersed:
a submersible pump.
a ship capable of submerging and operating under water; submarine.
a device designed for underwater work or exploration, as a bathyscaphe or diving bell.
Origin of submersible
1865-70; submerse + -ible
Related forms
submersibility, noun
nonsubmersible, adjective
unsubmersible, adjective Unabridged
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  • Visitors will also join scientists on a virtual submersible tour of the deep ocean.
  • Take the slippery task of controlling a submersible vehicle, for example.
  • submersible craft in the early years of their development were perilous to friend and foe alike.
  • Each section would resemble the semi-submersible platforms common in oil drilling.
  • We won't know for sure until a submersible can be sent to look at the area.
  • But it was also a method of testing the effectiveness of an underwater electronics lab installed aboard the submersible.
  • We erroneously operated the submersible and it ran over the bone, so the bone was buried.
  • But today, our group can still see our fingerprints all over almost every submersible in the world, manned or unmanned.
  • She was one of three people who traveled to the newly discovered underworld in a submersible vessel.
  • The submersible's manufacturer offers technical details.
British Dictionary definitions for submersible


able to be submerged
capable of operating under water, etc
a vessel designed to operate under water for short periods
a submarine taking one or more men that is designed and equipped to carry out work in deep water below the levels at which divers can work
Derived Forms
submersibility, submergibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for submersible

1866, from Latin submers-, past participle stem of submergere (see submerge) + -ible. As a noun, from 1900.

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