Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
a deep-sea diving apparatus for reaching great depths, nearly 11 km (c. 6.8 mi), without a cable: it consists of a navigable, ballasted, submarine-shaped float filled with a fluid lighter than water, and a steel observation cabin
Origin: < Fr, coined by Auguste Piccard < Gr bathys, deep + skaphē, boat
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bathyscaph - Cultural Definition
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A deep-sea research vessel that carries a crew and is free to maneuver independently.