Definitions for: Dive


[n] a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft
[n] a headlong plunge into water
[n] a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall
[v] swim under water; "the children enjoyed diving and looking for shells"
[v] plunge into water; "I was afraid to dive from the board into the pool"
[v] drop steeply; "the stock market plunged"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dive, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dived, colloq. Dove, a
relic of the AS. strong forms de['a]f, dofen; p. pr. & vb. n.
Diving.] [OE. diven, duven, AS. d?fan to sink, v. t., fr.
d?fan, v. i.; akin to Icel. d?fa, G. taufen, E. dip, deep,
and perh. to dove, n. Cf. Dip.]
1. To plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body
under, or deeply into, water or other fluid.

It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men
have dived for them. --Whately.

Note: The colloquial form dove is common in the United States
as an imperfect tense form.

All [the walruses] dove down with a tremendous
splash. --Dr. Hayes.

When closely pressed it [the loon] dove . . . and
left the young bird sitting in the water. --J.
Burroughs.

2. Fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject,
question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore.
--South.


Dive, v. t.
1. To plunge (a person or thing) into water; to dip; to duck.
[Obs.] --Hooker.

2. To explore by diving; to plunge into. [R.]

The Curtii bravely dived the gulf of fame. --Denham.

He dives the hollow, climbs the steeps. --Emerson.


Dive, n.
1. A plunge headforemost into water, the act of one who
dives, literally or figuratively.

2. A place of low resort. [Slang]

The music halls and dives in the lower part of the
city. --J.
Hawthorne.

Synonyms: diving, honkytonk, nose dive, plunge, plunk

See Also: belly flop, belly flopper, belly whop, belly whopper, belly-flop, cabaret, cliff diving, club, come down, crash-dive, descend, descent, duck, fall, flip, full gainer, gainer, go down, half gainer, jackknife, jackknife, nightclub, nightspot, nosedive, parachute, power dive, power-dive, skin-dive, sky dive, snorkel, submerge, submerse, swallow dive, swan dive, swim, swim, swimming

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