[ suh b-mur-suh-buh l ]
/ səbˈmɜr sə bəl /


capable of being submersed.
capable of functioning while submersed: a submersible pump.


a ship capable of submerging and operating under water; submarine.
a device designed for underwater work or exploration, as a bathyscaphe or diving bell.


Origin of submersible

First recorded in 1865–70; submerse + -ible

Related forms

sub·mers·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sub·mers·i·ble, adjectiveun·sub·mer·si·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for submersible


submergible (səbˈmɜːdʒɪbəl)

/ (səbˈmɜːsəbəl) /


able to be submerged
capable of operating under water, etc


a vessel designed to operate under water for short periods
a submarine taking one or more men that is designed and equipped to carry out work in deep water below the levels at which divers can work

Derived Forms

submersibility or submergibility, noun
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