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
Words nearby crash dive
Definition for crash dive (2 of 2)
[ 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
a sudden steep dive from the surface by a submarine
(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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