- the rich man of the parable in Luke 16:19–31.
- any rich man.
Origin of Dives
- to plunge into water, especially headfirst.
- to go below the surface of the water, as a submarine.
- to plunge, fall, or descend through the air, into the earth, etc.: The acrobats dived into nets.
- Aeronautics. (of an airplane) to descend rapidly.
- to penetrate suddenly into something, as with the hand: to dive into one's purse.
- to dart: to dive into a doorway.
- to enter deeply or plunge into a subject, activity, etc.
- to cause to plunge, submerge, or descend.
- to insert quickly; plunge: He dived his hand into his pocket.
- an act or instance of diving.
- a jump or plunge into water, especially in a prescribed way from a diving board.
- the vertical or nearly vertical descent of an airplane at a speed surpassing the possible speed of the same plane in level flight.
- a submerging, as of a submarine or skindiver.
- a dash, plunge, or lunge, as if throwing oneself at or into something: He made a dive for the football.
- a sudden or sharp decline, as in stock prices.
- Informal. a dingy or disreputable bar or nightclub.
- Boxing. a false show of being knocked out, usually in a bout whose result has been prearranged: to take a dive in an early round.
Origin of dive
Related Wordsleap, 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
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
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
- a rich man in the parable in Luke 16:19–31
- a very rich man
- to plunge headfirst into water
- (of a submarine, swimmer, etc) to submerge under water
- (also tr) to fly (an aircraft) in a steep nose-down descending path, or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a path
- to rush, go, or reach quickly, as in a headlong plungehe dived for the ball
- (also tr; foll by in or into) to dip or put (one's hand) quickly or forcefully (into)to dive into one's pocket
- (usually foll by in or into) to involve oneself (in something), as in eating food
- soccer slang (of a footballer) to pretend to have been tripped or impeded by an opposing player in order to win a free kick or penalty
- a headlong plunge into water, esp one of several formalized movements executed as a sport
- an act or instance of diving
- a steep nose-down descent of an aircraft
- slang a disreputable or seedy bar or club
- boxing slang the act of a boxer pretending to be knocked down or outhe took a dive in the fourth round
- soccer slang the act of a player pretending to have been tripped or impeded
Word Origin and History for dives
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."