[ nohz-dahyv ]
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nounAlso nose dive .
  1. a plunge of an aircraft with the forward part pointing downward.

  2. a sudden sharp drop or rapid decline: a time when market values were in a nosedive.

verb (used without object),nose·dived or nose·dove, nose·dived, nose·div·ing.Also nose-dive .
  1. to go into a nosedive: a warning that prices might nosedive.

Origin of nosedive

First recorded in 1910–15; nose + dive

Words Nearby nosedive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for nose dive

nose dive

  1. a sudden plunge with the nose or front pointing downwards, esp of an aircraft

  2. informal a sudden drop or sharp decline: prices took a nose dive

  1. to perform or cause to perform a nose dive

  2. (intr) informal to drop suddenly

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