submersible

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

adjective

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

noun

a ship capable of submerging and operating under water; submarine.
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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British Dictionary definitions for submersible

submersible

submergible (səbˈmɜːdʒɪbəl)

/ (səbˈmɜːsəbəl) /

adjective

able to be submerged
capable of operating under water, etc

noun

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 Formssubmersibility or submergibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for submersible

submersible


adj.

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

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