[ krash-dahyv, -dahyv ]
/ ˈkræʃˈdaɪv, -ˌdaɪv /

verb (used with or without object), crash-dived or crash-dove, crash-dived, crash-div·ing.

to dive rapidly at a steep angle.

Nearby words

  1. crash program,
  2. crash team,
  3. crash the gate,
  4. crash truck,
  5. crash, computer,
  6. crash-hot,
  7. crash-land,
  8. crash-test,
  9. crashaw,
  10. crashaw, richard

Origin of crash-dive

First recorded in 1925–30

crash dive


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crash-dive

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

    The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth

British Dictionary definitions for crash-dive

crash dive


a sudden steep dive from the surface by a submarine

verb crash-dive

(usually of an aircraft) to descend steeply and rapidly, before hitting the ground
to perform or cause to perform a crash dive
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