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The Definition of - dive (noun)

    verb (used without object), dived or dove, dived, diving.
    to plunge into water, especially 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.
    Aeronautics. (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.
    verb (used with object), dived or dove, dived, diving.
    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, especially 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.
    Informal. a dingy or disreputable bar or nightclub.
    Boxing. a false show of being knocked out, usually in a bout whose result has been prearranged:
    to take a dive in an early round.

Word Example of - dive

    Example Sentences for dive

    After a while dive down and you will find that man has come inside.

    All hands made a dive, as it were, at the oars, and stood them up as required.

    After such a lunch as ours it behoved us to cease idling and dive for pearls.

    He promised to teach me to dive if I'd join him in the water.

    As long as you can stay without taking breath I shall be down below; I am only going to dive into the cabin of the sunken ship.

    I was above the fort, otherwise I should not have known when to dive.

    If she could find a pile of sheets, she might dive to the bottom and hope to escape notice, being mostly sheet herself.

    "Well, it's your business to dive deeper than the tangle," she answered crossly.

    The water was unruffled except for the disturbance caused by his dive.

    Dive as far out to sea as you can, and you'll go into twenty feet of water.

Word Origin & History of - dive

    Word Origin & History

    dive emerged 13c. from O.E. dufan "to dive, duck, sink" (intransitive, class II strong verb; past tense deaf, pp. dofen) and dyfan "to dip, submerge" (weak, transitive), from P.Gmc. *dubijanan. Past tense dove is a later formation, perhaps on analogy of drive/drove. Sense of "disreputable bar" is first recorded Amer.Eng. 1871, perhaps because they were usually in basements, and going into one was both a literal and figurative "diving." Related: Diver; diving.

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