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

  • adj. Submergible.
  • n. A vessel capable of operating or remaining under water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be submerged.
  • n. A small nonmilitary, non-nuclear submarine for exploration.
  • n. A retroactive term used for non-nuclear submarines; nuclear submarines are termed "true submarines".
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That may be submersed.
  • n. Something that may be submerged; specifically, a particular type of submarine boat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a warship designed to operate under water
  • adj. capable of being immersed in water or functioning while submerged
  • n. an apparatus intended for use under water


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From Late Latin submersionem, from submersus (past participle of submergere).


  • He also said the Jiaolong's designers had purchased a lot of "off the shelf" technology from overseas, and had benefited from training dives on the U.S. Navy's Alvin manned submersible, which is operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

    China to Dive for Buried Treasures

  • Video from a robotic submersible, which is making the rounds online, shows something puffing from the seafloor.

    Each day, another way to define worst-case for oil spill

  • Very dorky looking - I much prefer the look of that biomimetic dolphin submersible.


  • At fifty meters and change, the submersible was a mid-sized Falnari vessel built for touring and very little else—certainly not for teetering on the edge of an abyss.

    Distant Shores

  • If the centrifugal pump is directly connected to an electric motor in a common housing as a single unit for operating below the water level, the set is called a submersible pump.

    7. Pumping equipment

  • The submersible was a bright, gaudy Christmas ball with spangles of running lights.

    Across The Sea Of Suns

  • That is why for wells, a submersible is a preferable way to go; the water around it allows it to stay cool so you can use a larger power rating.


  • The Super Falcon has attracted the attention of a new, as yet unannounced investor, and Mr. Hawkes said he is work on a new submersible, which is intended to open up the seas to an even larger audience.


  • His religious ideas are invisible in his tales, for those tales dwelt on fantastic voyages and fabulous machines, such as submersible ironclads or airborne clipper ships or shells shot to the Moon.

    MIND MELD: Is Science Fiction Antithetical to Religion?

  • HOLMES: Oxygen tanks and apparently authorities believed this thing was a some kind of submersible vessel, that could move around under water.

    CNN Transcript Aug 3, 2007


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