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 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.
noun, plural divas, dive
[dee-ve] /ˈdi vɛ/ (Show IPA)
a distinguished female singer; prima donna.
verb (mainly intransitive) dives, diving, dived (US) dove, dived
to plunge headfirst into water
(of a submarine, swimmer, etc) to submerge under water
(also transitive) to fly (an aircraft) in a steep nose-down descending path, or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a path
to rush, go, or reach quickly, as in a headlong plunge: he dived for the ball
(also transitive; foll by in or into) to dip or put (one’s hand) quickly or forcefully (into): to dive into one’s pocket
usually foll by in or into. to involve oneself (in something), as in eating food
(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
a headlong plunge into water, esp one of several formalized movements executed as a sport
an act or instance of diving
a steep nose-down descent of an aircraft
(slang) a disreputable or seedy bar or club
(boxing, slang) the act of a boxer pretending to be knocked down or out: he took a dive in the fourth round
(soccer, slang) the act of a player pretending to have been tripped or impeded
noun (pl) -vas, -ve (-vɪ)
a highly distinguished female singer; prima donna
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+)
A knockdown or knockout, esp a false prearranged knockout: A dive is a phantom knockout (1940s+ Prizefight)
: They fixed it so that he’d dive in the fourth
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]
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]
noun, Metalworking. 1. a tendency of a rolled piece to curve downward after passing through a stand, occurring when the upper roll is faster than the lower. Compare overdraft (def 7).
noun 1. a drain placed beneath the surface of cultivated fields, streets, etc. verb (used with object) 2. to equip or supply with an underdrain or underdrains. noun (ˈʌndəˌdreɪn) 1. a drain buried below agricultural land verb (ˌʌndəˈdreɪn) 2. to bury such drains below (agricultural land)
[uhn-der-drey-nij] /ˈʌn dərˌdreɪ nɪdʒ/ noun 1. drainage of agricultural lands and removal of excess water and of alkali by drains buried beneath the surface.
noun 1. draughts, (used with a singular verb) British. the game of checkers. 2. Chiefly British. draft (defs 1, 3–10, 18–25, 38). verb (used with object) 3. Chiefly British. draft (defs 28–32). verb (used without object) 4. Chiefly British. draft (def 33). adjective 5. Chiefly British. draft (defs 35–37). noun 1. a drawing, sketch, or […]