- Present participle of dive.
(countable and uncountable, plural divings)
- That or who dives or dive.
Variant of dive
intransitive verbdived or dove, dived, diving
- to plunge headfirst into water
- to go underwater; submerge, as a submarine or skin diver
- to plunge the hand or body suddenly into something: to dive into a foxhole
- to bring oneself zestfully or with abandon into something: to dive into one's work
- to make a steep, sudden descent or take a sudden drop, as an airplane
Origin of diveMiddle English diven ; from Old English dyfan, to immerse, causative of dufan, to dive, akin to Old Norse dȳfa, to plunge, dūfa, a wave ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dheup-, deep
- to cause to dive; specif., to send (one's airplane) into a dive
- Archaic to explore or penetrate by or as by diving
- a plunge into water headfirst; esp., any of various formalized plunges performed as in a competition
- any sudden plunge or submersion
- a sharp descent or sudden drop, as of an airplane
- Informal a cheap, disreputable saloon, gambling place, etc.
- Football a play in which a running back carries the ball while plunging directly into the line a short distance away
take a dive☆
Slang to lose a prizefight purposely by pretending to get knocked out