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diving bell

a chamber with an open bottom in which persons can go underwater without special apparatus, water being excluded from the upper part by compressed air fed in by a hose.
Origin of diving bell
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They'll be clearing out a beaver lake with a diving bell, next!

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
  • This airshaft, without an outlet, is doing for us what the diving bell does for the diver.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • A lady named Morris, of Plymouth, is recorded to have been the first of her sex to venture under water in a diving bell.

    Literary Byways William Andrews
  • They moored the boat and Burt, carrying the diving bell with him, went into the shed.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • I am not sure but the diving bell is getting somewhat out of use now.

    The Diving Bell Francis C. Woodworth
  • There is a good deal of machinery about a diving bell, it is true.

    The Diving Bell Francis C. Woodworth
  • The diving bell is accurately described in our Transactions.

    The Life of Benjamin Franklin Samuel G. Goodrich
  • He made a descent in a diving bell, which was used to try to reach wrecked treasure ships.

British Dictionary definitions for diving bell

diving bell

an early diving submersible having an open bottom and being supplied with compressed air
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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