verb (used without object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.
verb (used with object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.
- divalproex sodium,
- dive bomber,
- dive brake,
- dive table,
Origin of dive
Examples from the Web for dived
It dived into their pre-apocalypse backgrounds, their vices and issues with class.
A friend ran down the pier, dived overboard and pulled him out; but the silk hat floated off with the tide.
It turns out that she dived into therapy after she learned the family secret.
Michael dived into the filming, learning not only his lines but everyone else's.
The other dogs had dived to the assistance of Sancho, and they brought the otter to the bank, where Jemmy clubbed it.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events|S. Baring-Gould
After him dived his new friend, who once had ruled a winter-bound party of his kind in Brown's hole with a high and mighty hand.Bring Me His Ears|Clarence E. Mulford
Once more he dived into his basket, and presented his wife with a metal mirror.Myths & Legends of Japan|F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
Then he dived into the van, to reappear immediately with plates and knives and enough cups and saucers.A Gallant Grenadier|F.S. Brereton
The wild-fowl swam and dived and splashed and squatted, heedless of their chief enemy man.Nevermore|Rolf Boldrewood
verb dives, diving or dived or US dove or dived (mainly intr)
Word Origin for dive
13c., from Old English dufan "to dive, duck, sink" (intransitive, class II strong verb; past tense deaf, past participle dofen) and dyfan "to dip, submerge" (weak, transitive), from Proto-Germanic *dubijanan, from PIE *dheub- (see deep). Past tense dove is a later formation, perhaps on analogy of drive/drove. Related: Diving. Dive bomber attested by 1939.
c.1700, from dive (v.). Sense of "disreputable bar" is first recorded American English 1871, perhaps because they were usually in basements, and going into one was both a literal and figurative "diving."