submersible[səb mʉr′sə bəl]
that can function while submerged
a vessel designed to operate under water; esp., a submarine
A vessel or vehicle capable of operating or remaining under water.
Russian submersible Mir-1
- Able to be submerged.
- (UK) A small nonmilitary, non-nuclear submarine for exploration.
- (UK) A retroactive term used for non-nuclear submarines; nuclear submarines are termed "true submarines".
- (UK) A term used primarily by some navies for nuclear submarines, termed "true submersibles", because they cannot retroactively declare that their non-nuclear submarines should be called by a different name.
- (US) A very small "baby" submarine designed for specific localized missions, usually while tethered to a submarine or ship for life support and communications. Slang synonyms: midget-submarine, anchor.
From Late Latin submersionem, from submersus (past participle of submergere).