- any bird of the family Columbidae, especially the smaller species with pointed tails.Compare pigeon1(def 1).
- a pure white member of this species, used as a symbol of innocence, gentleness, tenderness, and peace.
- (initial capital letter) a symbol for the Holy Ghost.
- an innocent, gentle, or tender person.
- Also called peace dove. a person, especially one in public office, who advocates peace or a conciliatory national attitude.Compare hawk1(def 4).
- dove color.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Columba.
Origin of dove1
- a simple past tense of dive.
- Arthur,1880–1946, U.S. painter.
- Rita,born 1952, U.S. poet and educator: U.S. poet laureate 1993.
- 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 Wordsduck, lunge, plunge, drop, jump, leap, plummet, swoop, fall, vault, vanish, dip, disappear, nose-dive, gutter, spring, plumb, header, submerge, pitch
Examples from the Web for dove
Beginning in 1988, he also dove into making art using a fax machine.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
De Merode slipped from his seat and dove toward the roadside and into the forest.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
He caught both the ball and a bleacher to the face as he dove into the stands.10 Unforgettable Derek Jeter Highlights (VIDEO)
September 29, 2014
You'd been drunk for hours, but you dove off a double-decker lake boat and came up gracefully for air.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Improper burial, Dove says, could mean that harmful bacteria are leeching into the waterways.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon
August 20, 2014
The same that dove with the young woman under the steamboat paddles.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Again she dove and with strong strokes headed for the shore.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
I begin to think you have a little of the wisdom of the dove too.The Incomplete Amorist
One day may be grey like steel, and another grey like dove's plumage.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
He was not quarrelsome, though, like the sparrow; but peaceful, like the dove.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- any of various birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order Columbiformes. They are typically smaller than pigeonsRelated adjective: columbine
- politics a person opposed to warCompare hawk 1 (def. 3)
- a gentle or innocent person: used as a term of endearment
- a greyish-brown colour
- (as adjective)dove walls
- mainly US a past tense of dive
- the Dove Christianity a manifestation of the Holy Spirit (John 1:32)
- 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 dove
probably from Old English dufe- (found only in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *dubon (cf. Old Saxon duba, Old Norse dufa, Swedish duva, Middle Dutch duve, Dutch duif, Old High German tuba, German Taube, Gothic -dubo), perhaps related to words for "dive," in reference to its flight.
Originally applied to all pigeons, now mostly restricted to the turtle dove. A symbol of gentleness from early Christian times, also of the Holy Spirit (cf. Gen. viii:8-12), and of peace and deliverance from anxiety; political meaning "person who advocates peace" attested by 1917, from the Christian dove of peace.
past tense of dive (q.v.).
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."