- a plunge of an aircraft with the forward part pointing downward.
- a sudden sharp drop or rapid decline: a time when market values were in a nosedive.
- to go into a nosedive: a warning that prices might nosedive.
Origin of nosedive
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Examples from the Web for nose-dive
The effect will then be to keep the nose up and prevent a nose-dive.The Aeroplane Speaks
A nose-dive seemed inevitable, but once more she came to position.Curlie Carson Listens In
Roy J. Snell
As it was, it was really almost a nose-dive, and I did the first half of it with the throttle wide open.Many Fronts
Lewis R. Freeman
Well, Bridgeman isn't back and Tam said he saw him nose-dive behind the German trenches.Tam O' The Scoots
She was then "on an even keel," but about to nose-dive towards the surface of the sea, barely a couple of hundred feet below.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.
Percy F. Westerman
Word Origin and History for nose-dive
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