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Dictionary Definition

dive See diva [also: dove]dive

Noun

1 a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall [syn: honkytonk]
2 a headlong plunge into water [syn: diving]
3 a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft [syn: nose dive]

Verb

1 drop steeply; "the stock market plunged" [syn: plunge, plunk]
2 plunge into water; "I was afraid to dive from the board into the pool"
3 swim under water; "the children enjoyed diving and looking for shells" [also: dove]diva n : a distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic star [syn: prima donna] [also: dive (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /"daIv/
  • /ˈdaɪv/
  • Rhymes: -aɪv

Verb

  1. To swim under water.
  2. To jump into water head-first.
  3. To descend sharply or steeply.
  4. (especially with in) To undertake with enthusiasm.
    She dove right in and started making improvements.
  5. To deliberately fall down after a challenge, imitating being fouled, in the hope of getting one's opponent penalised
  6. To cause to descend, dunk

Usage notes

The past tense dove is found chiefly in North American English, where it is used alongside the regular (and earlier) dived, with regional variations; in British English dived is the standard past tense, dove existing only in some dialects. As a past participle, dove is relatively rare. (Cf. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary; The American Heritage Dictionary; The Cambridge Guide to English Usage)

Etymology

From merged meanings of Old English weak verb dyfan and strong verb dufan

Related terms

Translations

to swim under water
jump into water
to descend
undertake enthusiastically
Imitate a foul
Translations to be checked

Noun

  1. A jump or plunge into water.
  2. A swim under water.
  3. A decline.
  4. A seedy bar, nightclub, etc.
  5. Fast descend with the nose of a craft pointed down.

Related terms

Translations

a jump into water
a swim under water
a decline
seedy bar
aviation

Noun

dive
  1. Plural of diva

Etymology

See diva

Italian

Noun

dive p
  1. Plural of diva.

Extensive Definition

Dive or diving may refer to:
In aquatics:
  • Underwater diving, the practice of swimming underwater
  • Scuba diving, the practice of swimming underwater with breathing apparatus
  • Diving, the sport of jumping head first into a body of water or pool, with an emphasis on acrobatics and/or height of the dive
In music:
In sports:
  • Diving (football), faking or exaggeration of an injury, in particular in football (soccer), in order to draw a foul on an opponent or otherwise gain an advantage. Also a well known term in ice hockey, when a player tries to draw a penalty. (In American football, more likely to be called "acting", as in "Give him an Academy Award!")
  • Taking a dive, the intentional throwing of a fight in boxing
  • In numerous sports, including basketball and baseball, the practice of throwing oneself horizontally into the ground in order to catch or field a ball is known as diving
  • In American football, the practice of a ball-carrier propelling himself up and over the line of scrimmage, usually on a very short-yardage down, is called diving
Dive may also refer to:
  • In relation to aircraft, it is a maneuver where the nose of the aircraft is pointed vertically down to ground. See dive bomber or a line from the song "The U.S. Air Force (song)"
  • Dive can be used generically whenever some quantity (such as a company's stock price) experiences a sudden and swift decline; usually this indicates that the decline is a negative event
  • Dive bar, a cheap, dingy drinking establishment
  • Dive (film), a film released in 2003, filmed in and taking place in a Washington, D.C. dive bar
  • Dive!, a short-lived (1994-99) restaurant founded by Steven Spielberg in Century City, California, notable for its facade in the shape of a submarine
  • Distributed Interactive Virtual Environment, a prototype multi-user VR system
  • Naam Dayv is another form of the Indian poet Namdev's name
  • Dive!, a 2004 video game
  • Diving can sometimes be interpreted as internet slang for heavy web browsing, often to obtain specific information. The term was coined by the anime/manga series Ghost in the Shell and referred to entering an internet environment in a similar way to the science fiction movie, The Matrix
  • Slang for oral sex
  • a grade separated junction on a railway where one line dives under another, such as at Mpika railway station, or flys over another, such as at Sandgate Flyover
dive in Japanese: ダイビング
dive in Finnish: Dive

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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