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[bath-uh-sfeer] /ˈbæθ əˌsfɪər/
noun, Oceanography.
a spherical diving apparatus from which to study deep-sea life, lowered into the ocean depths by a cable.
Origin of bathysphere
First recorded in 1925-30; bathy- + -sphere Unabridged
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a strong steel deep-sea diving sphere, lowered by cable
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bathysphere in Science
A hollow, spherical steel diving chamber in which people are lowered by cable from a surface vessel to explore the ocean depths. In 1934 a bathysphere carrying William Beebe and an associate reached a record depth of over 923 m (3,028 ft). Because space in the bathysphere is cramped, dives longer than three-and-a-half hours are intolerable, and it was eventually supplanted by the bathyscaphe.
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