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[suh b-mur-suh-buh l]
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  1. capable of being submersed.
  2. capable of functioning while submersed: a submersible pump.
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  1. a ship capable of submerging and operating under water; submarine.
  2. a device designed for underwater work or exploration, as a bathyscaphe or diving bell.
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Origin of submersible

First recorded in 1865–70; submerse + -ible
Related formssub·mers·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sub·mers·i·ble, adjectiveun·sub·mer·si·ble, adjective
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submersible, U-boat

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submergible (səbˈmɜːdʒɪbəl)

  1. able to be submerged
  2. capable of operating under water, etc
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  1. a vessel designed to operate under water for short periods
  2. 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
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Derived Formssubmersibility or submergibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for submersible


1866, from Latin submers-, past participle stem of submergere (see submerge) + -ible. As a noun, from 1900.

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