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bathyscaph a small, self-contained deep-sea research submarine with a spherical observation chamber mounted under the hull.
distich two successive lines of verse, usu. forming a self-contained statement; couplet.
inertial guidance guidance of a missile, spacecraft, submarine, or the like by means of a self-contained automatic system that measures and adjusts speed and direction to maintain a predetermined course.
module a self-contained, separable assembly of electronic parts. [2/4 definitions]
nuclear family a self-contained unit consisting of a father and mother and their children living together in one household. (Cf. extended family.)
scuba a portable apparatus for underwater breathing, carried on the back (acronym for "self-contained underwater breathing apparatus"). [1/2 definitions]