diving bell


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n diving bell diving apparatus for underwater work; has an open bottom and is supplied with compressed air
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Diving bell a hollow inverted vessel, sometimes bell-shaped, in which men may descend and work under water, respiration being sustained by the compressed air at the top, by fresh air pumped in through a tube from above.
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In literature:

In the presence of Charles V diving bells were used by the Greeks in 1540.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
And Bell cursed that he had stayed in the plane to make sure it would dive clear of her before he stepped off himself.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
It was a room of few lights and lofty, soft shadows; and the air was as free from sound as a diving bell.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
And Bell, after one instant's grim debate, went into a maple leaf dive for the jungle below him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
As the water is very seldom more than a couple of feet deep, a diving-bell would be of little service.
"Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining" by John S. Hittell
Bacon taught us to work at chemistry and mechanics, to invent diving-bells and steam-engines and spinning-jennies.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
The diving-bell was not mentioned before the sixteenth century.
"The Scrap Book. Volume 1, No. 2" by Various
The diving dress has, however, to a great extent supplanted the diving bell.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
In a diving bell, or a deep mine, however, air becomes limited in supply, and then may be considered a part of wealth.
"Political economy" by W. Stanley Jevons
Diving with a diving bell was commenced in 1670 and discontinued on account of civil troubles.
"The Book of Buried Treasure" by Ralph D. Paine

In poetry:

I want to disport on the rocks
Like a mythical mermaiden belle,
And comb out my watery locks,
Then dive to my cavernous cell.
"By The Sea" by Hattie Howard
I sank: a hundred years past by,
And diving bells with searchers keen
For treasure in the wreck were seen.
They took the gold, but let me lie
To sleep another century,
Then raised and brought me here.
"The Armada Gun" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
If this project should fail, he has others in store;
Wooden horses, for instance, may bring them safe o'er;
Or the genius of France (as the Moniteur tells)
May order balloons, or provide diving-bells.
Derry down.
"The Wonderful Juggler" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Does that name ring a diving bell.
Patient's body, not his mind, paralyzed in ' Diving Bell '.
Joe Morgenstern, film critic for the Wall Street Journal, reviews The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Patient's body, not his mind, paralyzed in 'Diving Bell'.
We caught up with actor/author John Leguizamo last night at the premiere of The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.
Julian Schnabel has a bone to pick with Andrew Corsello's Schnabulous profile of him in GQ this month, one Boston Globe reporter found when he went to interview the director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Opens at Egyptian, Fri.
Julian Schnabel directs Mathieu Amalric in the role of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' s Jean-Dominique Bauby, who died in 1997.
Mathieu Amalric, left, who plays Jean-Dominique Bauby in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," working with the film's director, Julian Schnabel , right.
Katherine Bell prepares to dive in the women's 10-meter platform semifinals at the US Olympic diving trials.
Marie-Josée Croze is Jean-Dominique Bauby's devoted 'speech' therapist in Julian Schnabel's 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
The Ghost star, who turned 50 on 11 November (12), is reportedly seeing 26-year-old art dealer Vito Schnabel, the son of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly director.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly filmmaker, 60, is planning to exchange vows with 30-year-old Danish ex-model May Andersen, who he has been dating since April (12), according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Nancy Oliver, who wrote last year's blow-up doll romance movie, Lars and the Real Girl, shares in the Humanitas Prize for feature films with Ronald Harwood, who wrote The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.