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diving bell

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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of diving bell

First recorded in 1655–65
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Examples from the Web for diving bell

Historical Examples

  • The “aquatic kettle” was doubtless the embryo of the diving-bell.

    Under the Waves

    R M Ballantyne

  • Evidently men could not work in a diving-bell which is invaded thus by water.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • The diving-bell is used mostly for laying submarine masonry.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • This experiment, though so very simple will illustrate the nature of the diving-bell.

  • The diving-bell was not mentioned before the sixteenth century.


British Dictionary definitions for diving bell

diving bell

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