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submerged

[suh b-murjd] /səbˈmɜrdʒd/
adjective
1.
under the surface of water or any other enveloping medium; inundated.
2.
hidden, covered, or unknown:
There are many submerged facts which could have a bearing on the case.
3.
poverty-stricken; destitute; impoverished:
a program to aid the submerged socioeconomic groups.
Origin of submerged
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; submerge + -ed2
Related forms
half-submerged, adjective
nonsubmerged, adjective
semisubmerged, adjective
unsubmerged, adjective
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Examples from the Web for half-submerged
Historical Examples
  • The watchers saw the upper window of a half-submerged house.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Yet there was in her aspect also a sort of half-submerged sluggishness.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • He saw clearly that, if alive, the half-submerged Duske would be suffocated in a few minutes time.

    Airship Andy Frank V. Webster
  • By the light of the fire the two men, one on the back of the other, resembled a half-submerged giant.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • He saw the upturned canoe, the floating paddle, the half-submerged Tam-o'-Shanter.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • They hurried back again to the bank, and looked out to where their half-submerged home still stood.

  • In a brown pool, in which a half-submerged willow-tree grew, he saw a large grayish shape which resembled a horse.

    Boyhood in Norway Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  • The water-birds have their home in the half-submerged arcades and the crocodile nuzzles the shafts of the pillars.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • It came from a canoe which had shot suddenly from a clump of half-submerged trees by which it had been hitherto concealed.

    The Red Man's Revenge R.M. Ballantyne
  • It is only when his head is half-submerged that we can correctly designate him as a river-horse.

British Dictionary definitions for half-submerged

submerged

/səbˈmɜːdʒd/
adjective
1.
(of plants or plant parts) growing beneath the surface of the water
2.
hidden; obscured
3.
overwhelmed or overburdened
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