Definition of unsinkable in US English:



  • (of a ship or boat) unable to be sunk.

    ‘the supposedly unsinkable ship hit an iceberg’
    • ‘The ship was virtually unsinkable and the aim of the preparation was to facilitate rapid sinking, yet still allow for safe diver access.’
    • ‘A little before midnight on 14 April the Titanic, which was considered unsinkable, collided with an iceberg about 650 km south of Newfoundland.’
    • ‘But as you know unsinkable ships have sunk and unbreakable walls have broken, I should know for I was there.’
    • ‘What other cause would there be to put people into lifeboats on an unsinkable ship?’
    • ‘These circular basket boats are like large, unsinkable, cane saucers covered in buffalo-hide or plastic.’
    • ‘For decades Titanic buffs and academics have argued over whether the White Star Line company ever claimed the ship was unsinkable or if the legend of an indestructible ship was a hangover of media speculation and hype from the 1910s.’
    • ‘The great paradox of the Titanic, after all, is that the ship only became unsinkable after it sank.’
    • ‘Realising the supposedly unsinkable Titanic was doomed, Andrews insisted that the order to abandon ship be given.’
    • ‘But we are unlikely to learn why disaster struck this supposedly unsinkable submarine. ‘The secrecy regime will be observed in full,’ said a spokesman for the Northern Fleet.’
    • ‘It was only in the aftermath of the disaster that the belief took hold that Titanic had been considered unsinkable, highlighting the stunned and universal surprise at the loss of Britain's most advanced ocean giant.’
    • ‘He feels much more comfortable with me on this ship; it's unsinkable.’
    • ‘The exhibition ran for six weeks and showed how the reputedly unsinkable liner struck an iceberg and went down with the loss of 1,532 lives on April 15, 1912.’
    • ‘Built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast the 45,000-ton Titanic was considered the most advanced vessel of her time and thought to be unsinkable.’
    • ‘Since 1912, when the Titanic sank on her inaugural voyage, there have been many theories behind the mystery of how this unsinkable ship ended up on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.’
    • ‘No one thought it would sink - it was unsinkable - but then it was driven into the wrong waters, too far north, and came up against an iceberg.’
    • ‘But it is because of hydrogen bonds that ice floats, and the iceberg can sink even the unsinkable ship.’
    • ‘About two hours and 40 minutes passed between the time that the unsinkable Titanic struck an iceberg and when it finally slipped below the ocean's waves.’
    • ‘All I have to say is, the people who claimed that it's unsinkable must be not right in the heads; no ship is unsinkable.’
    • ‘It does seem a bit inappropriate though considering the unsinkable ship was sunk by an iceberg all those years ago.’
    • ‘And there were a whole bunch of people who said that the Titantic was unsinkable.’