- 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.
- 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.
Origin of dive
- a distinguished female singer; prima donna.
Origin of diva
Examples from the Web for dive
Not even after its parent company, the Soviet Union, took a dive in 1991.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
We wanted to create a dedicated hub where people can dive into it and get all this commentary on the news.How Funny or Die Plans to Cover ISIS, Ebola and Elections
October 10, 2014
They'd never be allowed to take their clothes off and dive in the way boys do.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
For anyone looking to dive into the big, knotty history of one of the most iconic states, this book is well worth the time.How Religion Turned Texas Red
August 20, 2014
And while I may have put a bunch of stunt guys in peril on Titanic, it was my ass in the sphere on the dive.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss
July 21, 2014
"That wasn't much of a dive," his father said, swimming up to him.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
"There is no one in the Bay who can dive better than I can," he answered.A Spirit in Prison
Stan saw the Me's dive down to overtake and attack the Forts and Libs.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
I made a dive for the cellar door, just as they got the range.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
I can dive like a fish,” said Enda; “but how can I walk beneath the waters?Irish Fairy Tales
- to plunge headfirst into water
- (of a submarine, swimmer, etc) to submerge under water
- (also tr) 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 plungehe dived for the ball
- (also tr; 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 outhe took a dive in the fourth round
- soccer slang the act of a player pretending to have been tripped or impeded
- a highly distinguished female singer; prima donna
Word Origin and History for dive
13c., from Old English dufan "to dive, duck, sink" (intransitive, class II strong verb; past tense deaf, past participle dofen) and dyfan "to dip, submerge" (weak, transitive), from Proto-Germanic *dubijanan, from PIE *dheub- (see deep). Past tense dove is a later formation, perhaps on analogy of drive/drove. Related: Diving. Dive bomber attested by 1939.
c.1700, from dive (v.). Sense of "disreputable bar" is first recorded American English 1871, perhaps because they were usually in basements, and going into one was both a literal and figurative "diving."
"distinguished woman singer, prima donna," 1883, from Italian diva "goddess, fine lady," from Latin diva "goddess," fem. of divus "divine (one);" see divine (adj.).