Dive



verb (used without object), dived or dove, dived, diving.
1.
to plunge into water, especially headfirst.
2.
to go below the surface of the water, as a submarine.
3.
to plunge, fall, or descend through the air, into the earth, etc.:
The acrobats dived into nets.
4.
Aeronautics. (of an airplane) to descend rapidly.
5.
to penetrate suddenly into something, as with the hand:
to dive into one’s purse.
6.
to dart:
to dive into a doorway.
7.
to enter deeply or plunge into a subject, activity, etc.
verb (used with object), dived or dove, dived, diving.
8.
to cause to plunge, submerge, or descend.
9.
to insert quickly; plunge:
He dived his hand into his pocket.
noun
10.
an act or instance of diving.
11.
a jump or plunge into water, especially in a prescribed way from a diving board.
12.
the vertical or nearly vertical descent of an airplane at a speed surpassing the possible speed of the same plane in level flight.
13.
a submerging, as of a submarine or skindiver.
14.
a dash, plunge, or lunge, as if throwing oneself at or into something:
He made a dive for the football.
15.
a sudden or sharp decline, as in stock prices.
16.
Informal. a dingy or disreputable bar or nightclub.
17.
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.
noun, plural divas, dive
[dee-ve] /ˈdi vɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a distinguished female singer; prima donna.
verb (mainly intransitive) dives, diving, dived (US) dove, dived
1.
to plunge headfirst into water
2.
(of a submarine, swimmer, etc) to submerge under water
3.
(also transitive) to fly (an aircraft) in a steep nose-down descending path, or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a path
4.
to rush, go, or reach quickly, as in a headlong plunge: he dived for the ball
5.
(also transitive; foll by in or into) to dip or put (one’s hand) quickly or forcefully (into): to dive into one’s pocket
6.
usually foll by in or into. to involve oneself (in something), as in eating food
7.
(soccer, slang) (of a footballer) to pretend to have been tripped or impeded by an opposing player in order to win a free kick or penalty
noun
8.
a headlong plunge into water, esp one of several formalized movements executed as a sport
9.
an act or instance of diving
10.
a steep nose-down descent of an aircraft
11.
(slang) a disreputable or seedy bar or club
12.
(boxing, slang) the act of a boxer pretending to be knocked down or out: he took a dive in the fourth round
13.
(soccer, slang) the act of a player pretending to have been tripped or impeded
noun (pl) -vas, -ve (-vɪ)
1.
a highly distinguished female singer; prima donna
dive

noun

A vulgar and disreputable haunt, such as a cheap bar, nightclub, lodging house, or dancehall; crib: the girl who danced in a dive in New Orleans (1871+)
speakeasy (1920s+)
A knockdown or knockout, esp a false prearranged knockout: A dive is a phantom knockout (1940s+ Prizefight)

verb

: They fixed it so that he’d dive in the fourth

Related Terms

nose dive, take a dive

[origin of first sense uncertain; perhaps fr the notion that one could dive into a disreputable cellar haunt (called a diving bell in an 1883 glossary) and lose oneself among lowlifes and criminals; perhaps a shortening of divan, ”a smoking and gaming room,” a usage popular in London in the mid-and late 19th century; the places were so called because they were furnished with divans, ”lounges,” the name ultimately fr Turkish]
diva

noun

A male transvestite; esp, a homosexual cross-dresser; drag queen: Salt-N-Pepa’s divas are checking out designer creations

[1990s+; fr Italian, ”goddess, lady love,” used by the 1880s to designate a distinguished woman singer]

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