crash dive


noun

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

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Origin of crash dive

First recorded in 1915–20

Definition for crash dive (2 of 2)

crash-dive
[ 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.

Origin of crash-dive

First recorded in 1925–30
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Example sentences 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

noun

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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