crash dive

  1. a rapid dive by a submarine made at a steep angle, especially to avoid attack from a surface vessel or airplane.

Origin of crash dive

First recorded in 1915–20

Words Nearby crash dive

Other definitions for crash-dive (2 of 2)

[ krash-dahyv, -dahyv ]

verb (used with or without object),crash-dived or crash-dove, crash-dived, crash-div·ing.
  1. to dive rapidly at a steep angle.

Origin of crash-dive

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use crash dive in a sentence

  • He used that as an excuse to crash-dive while your father was sleeping on deck.

    The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
  • He turned—gazed, jumped back, and pushed the button for a crash dive.

British Dictionary definitions for crash dive

crash dive

  1. a sudden steep dive from the surface by a submarine

  1. (usually of an aircraft) to descend steeply and rapidly, before hitting the ground

  2. to perform or cause to perform a crash dive

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