dive

To dive is to jump head first into the water. You might dare your friend to dive off a boat into a cold lake.

When you dive, you plunge into a pool or other body of water. A bird or airplane also dives when it descends suddenly. The plunge or drop itself is also a dive: "When the plane went into a dive I had to close my eyes." Since 1871, dive has also been used informally for a low-rent or slightly dangerous bar, possibly from the idea that descending to a basement-level establishment involved a "dive" of sorts.

Primary Meanings of dive

1.
nv
a headlong plunge into water
drop steeply
2.
n
a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall
Full Definitions of dive
1

n a headlong plunge into water

Synonyms:
diving
Types:
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belly flop, belly flopper, belly whop, belly whopper
a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water
cliff diving
diving into the water from a steep overhanging cliff
flip
a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water
full gainer, gainer
a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward to complete a full backward somersault and enters the water feet first and facing away from the diving board
half gainer
a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward and up to complete a half backward somersault and enters the water facing the diving board
jackknife
a dive in which the diver bends to touch the ankles before straightening out
swallow dive, swan dive
a dive in which the diver arches the back with arms outstretched before entering the water
Type of:
swim, swimming
the act of swimming

n a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft

Synonyms:
nose dive, nosedive
Types:
power dive
a dive of an airplane that is accelerated both by gravity and by the power of the engine
Type of:
descent
the act of changing your location in a downward direction

v drop steeply

Synonyms:
plunge, plunk
dump, plunge
fall abruptly
Types:
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power-dive
make a power dive
nosedive
plunge nose first; drop with the nose or front first, of aircraft
duck
submerge or plunge suddenly
crash-dive
descend steeply and rapidly
chute, jump, parachute
jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute
sky dive, skydive
jump from an airplane and perform various maneuvers before opening one's parachute
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

v plunge into water

“I was afraid to dive from the board into the pool”
Types:
belly-flop
dive so that one hits the water with one's belly
jackknife
dive into the water bending the body at the waist at a right angle, like a jackknife
Type of:
submerge, submerse
sink below the surface; go under or as if under water

v swim under water

“the children enjoyed diving and looking for shells”
Types:
skin-dive
swim underwater with no breathing apparatus other than a snorkel
snorkel
dive with a snorkel
Type of:
swim
travel through water
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n a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall

Synonyms:
honkytonk
Type of:
cabaret, club, night club, nightclub, nightspot
a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink

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