from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bushnell, David 1742-1824. American inventor who designed (1775) a man-propelled submarine for use against British ships in the Revolution. The device proved ineffectual (it was ridiculed as "Bushnell's Turtle”) but earned him later regard as "the Father of the Submarine.”

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  • n. American inventor who in 1775 designed a man-propelled submarine that was ineffectual but subsequently earned him recognition as a submarine pioneer (1742-1824)


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