dive: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (dīv), [key]
— v., n. dived dove, dived, div•ing,
- to plunge into water, esp. headfirst.
- to go below the surface of the water, as a submarine.
- to plunge, fall, or descend through the air, into the earth, etc.: The acrobats dived into nets.
- (of an airplane) to descend rapidly.
- to penetrate suddenly into something, as with the hand: to dive into one's purse.
- to dart: to dive into a doorway.
- to enter deeply or plunge into a subject, activity, etc.
- to cause to plunge, submerge, or descend.
- to insert quickly; plunge: He dived his hand into his pocket.
- an act or instance of diving.
- a jump or plunge into water, esp. in a prescribed way from a diving board.
- the vertical or nearly vertical descent of an airplane at a speed surpassing the possible speed of the same plane in level flight.
- a submerging, as of a submarine or skindiver.
- a dash, plunge, or lunge, as if throwing oneself at or into something: He made a dive for the football.
- a sudden or sharp decline, as in stock prices.
- a dingy or disreputable bar or nightclub.
- a false show of being knocked out, usually in a bout whose result has been prearranged: to take a dive in an early round.
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