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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. 2018.
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  • He lived in Woodlawn as he had lived in Kansas, like a man in a diving bell.

  • This airshaft, without an outlet, is doing for us what the diving bell does for the diver.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • They'll be clearing out a beaver lake with a diving bell, next!

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
  • The diving bell is accurately described in our Transactions.

    The Life of Benjamin Franklin

    Samuel G. Goodrich
  • They moored the boat and Burt, carrying the diving bell with him, went into the shed.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • There is a good deal of machinery about a diving bell, it is true.

    The Diving Bell Francis C. Woodworth
  • But so far as my book is concerned, it is of no consequence whether the diving bell is out of use or not.

    The Diving Bell Francis C. Woodworth
  • Under his orders, a diving bell of clear thick glass, bound with iron, had been constructed.

British Dictionary definitions for diving bell

diving bell

an early diving submersible having an open bottom and being supplied with compressed air
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