False bottom

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Artist's illustration of a drawer.

A false bottom is an internal partition in a container, typically at the bottom of a drawer, suitcase or similar item, enabling the concealment of objects from a cursory examination of the item's contents. A false bottom may be present if the internal dimensions of a container do not match its external dimensions after taking into account the thicknesses of constituent materials and structures used to build the object.

The term false bottom can also refer to the deep scattering layer in the ocean, a phenomenon where a layer of marine organisms deep in the ocean can be mistaken by sonar for the seabed.[1]

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  1. ^ Hersey JB and Backus RH (2005) "Sound Scattering by Marine Organisms" In: M. N. Hill and A. R. Robinson (Eds)Physical Oceanography, Page 499, Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674017276.