• IPA: /ɪˈmɜː(ɹ)s/

immerse (immerses, present participle immersing; past and past participle immersed)

  1. (transitive) To put under the surface of a liquid; to dunk.
    Archimedes determined the volume of objects by immersing them in water.
  2. (transitive) To involve or engage deeply.
    The sculptor immersed himself in anatomic studies.
  3. (transitive, mathematics) To map into an immersion.
    • 2002, Kari Jormakka, Flying Dutchmen: Motion in Architecture (page 40)
      Thus, in mathematical terms a Klein bottle cannot be "embedded" but only "immersed" in three dimensions as an embedding has no self-intersections but an immersion may have them.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: immerger
  • German: vertiefen
  • Russian: погружа́ться
  • Spanish: sumergirse


  1. (obsolete) Immersed; buried; sunk.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      After a long enquiry of things immerse in matter, I interpose some object which is immateriate, or less materiate; such as this of sounds.

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