Origin of Dives
verb (used without object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.
verb (used with object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.
Origin of dive
Related Words for divesleap, plunge, dip, hole, duck, lunge, drop, jump, plummet, swoop, fall, vault, vanish, disappear, nose-dive, spring, dash, pitch, nosedive, submersion
Examples from the Web for dives
Contemporary Examples of dives
Marvin takes off his T-shirt and dives into his swimming pool.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
No, she really is; she dives away from cars, outruns planes, ducks away from falling buses.‘Left Behind’ Review: Nicolas Cage’s Bible Movie Is God-Awful
Matthew Paul Turner
October 3, 2014
His dips, dives, and somersaults in the air caught the attention of all the major papers.The High-Flying Secrets of BASE Jumpers
August 4, 2014
The tour then goes to Norway for dives of a fjord, followed by stops in Portugal, Ukraine, Spain, and a season finale in Brazil.The World Series of Cliff Diving Takes Itself Very Seriously
June 29, 2014
“He dives into the details of what voters think and what the voting patterns are of the districts are like,” Nunez said.Kevin McCarthy’s California Coast
June 19, 2014
Historical Examples of dives
Monsieur dives into his Interior, and the last half-dozen of us follow.The Uncommercial Traveller
He is somewhere up here in one of these dives and has forgotten all about his engine.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
Because Dives had been numb to human needs, Lazarus was the new-discovered leader.The Prisoner
She carries them on her back as she swims and dives, sometimes to the bottom of the river.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
You are like Dives, and think that if one rose from the dead they would hear him.The Way of All Flesh
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."