- The definition of a dove is a small white pigeon used as a symbol for peace, or a person who wants peace.
- An example of a dove is a little white bird with a round body, small head and short legs that makes cooing sounds.
- An example of a dove is a congressperson who does not want the U. S. to go to war.
A dove in flight.
- pigeon, esp. the smaller species: it is often used as a symbol of peace
- ☆ an advocate of measures in international affairs designed to avoid or reduce open hostilities
- a person regarded as gentle, innocent, or beloved
Origin of doveMiddle English douve ; from Old English an unverified form dufe or Old Norse dūfa, akin to Gothic dūbo, German taube ; from Indo-European an unverified form dheubh-, obscured, dark (of color) ; from base an unverified form dheu-: see dull
- Any of various widely distributed birds of the family Columbidae, which includes the pigeons, having a small head and a characteristic cooing call.
- A gentle, innocent person.
- A person who advocates peace, conciliation, or negotiation in preference to confrontation or armed conflict.
Origin of doveMiddle English douve, from Old English *dūfe.
From Middle English dove, douve, duve, from Old English *dūfe (“dove, pigeon”), from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ (“dove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeubʰ- (“to whisk, smoke, be obscure”). Cognate with Scots doo, dow (“dove”), West Frisian do (“dove”), Dutch duif (“dove, pigeon”), Low German (Low Saxon) Duuv (“dove, pigeon”), German Taube (“dove, pigeon”), Danish due (“dove”), Swedish duva (“dove”), Icelandic dúfa (“dove”), Gothic (dubo).
- See dive for dived vs. dove.
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
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