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[suh b-murs] /səbˈmɜrs/
verb (used with object), submersed, submersing.
to submerge.
Origin of submerse
1830-40; probably back-formation from submersion < Late Latin submersiōn-, stem of submersiō a sinking, equivalent to Latin submers(us) past participle of submergere to submerge + -iōn- -ion
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[suh b-mur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /səbˈmɜr ʒən, -ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Not figuratively foreshowing, I hope, by its submersion, the fate of all the rest.

  • The paper was immediately destroyed by submersion and concrete remained.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • I was able to follow our submersion by means of the manometer.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • At the time of the submersion of Atland, the first spoke of the Juul stood at the top.

  • He was certainly a scarecrow figure after his submersion in the mud; gut Nan did not feel like laughing at him.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • This, briefly, is the story of the submersion of the Fijians.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • During asphyxia by submersion the higher consciousness enters into a minute study of the life now running to its close.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • Hydrophones and depth-charges reduced their vantage of submersion.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • The screw is also completely covered by the water, and acts with comparative efficiency in consequence of its submersion.

Word Origin and History for submersion

early 15c., from Late Latin submersionem (nominative submersio), from past participle stem of submergere "to sink" (see submerge).



early 15c., from Latin submersus, past participle of submergere (see submerge). Related: Submersed; submersing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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