What does dive mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word dive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. honkytonk, divenoun

    a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall

  2. dive, divingnoun

    a headlong plunge into water

  3. dive, nose dive, nosediveverb

    a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft

  4. dive, plunge, plunkverb

    drop steeply

    "the stock market plunged"

  5. diveverb

    plunge into water

    "I was afraid to dive from the board into the pool"

  6. diveverb

    swim under water

    "the children enjoyed diving and looking for shells"


  1. divenoun

    Plural form of diva.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Diveverb

    To explore by diving.

    Then Brutus, Rome’s first martyr I must name,
    The Curtii bravely div’d the gulph of fame. John Denham.

  2. To DIVEverb

    Etymology: dippan, Saxon.

    I am not yet informed, whether when a diver diveth, having his eyes open, and swimeth upon his back, he sees things in the air greater or less. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 76.

    Around our pole the spiry dragon glides,
    And, like a winding stream, the Bears divides,
    The less and greater; who, by fate’s decree,
    Abhor to dive beneath the Southern sea. John Dryden, Virg. Georg.

    That the air in the blood-vessels of live bodies has a communication with the outward air, I think, seems plain, from the experiments of human creatures being able to bear air of much greater density in diving, and of much less upon the tops of mountains, provided the changes be made gradually. Arb.

    Crocodiles defend those pearls which lie in the lakes: the poor Indians are eaten up by them, when they dive for the pearl. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    The knave deserves it, when he tempts the main,
    Where folly fights for kings, or dives for gain. Alexander Pope, Essays.

    The wits that div’d most deep, and soar’d most high,
    Seeking man’s powers, have found his weakness such. Davies.

    He performs all this out of his own fund, without diving into the arts and sciences for a supply. Dryden.

    Whensoever we would proceed beyond those simple ideas, and dive farther into the nature of things, we fall presently into darkness and obscurity. John Locke.

    You swim a-top, and on the surface strive;
    But to the depths of nature never dive. Richard Blackmore.

    You should have div’d into my inmost thoughts. Phillips.

    Sweet prince, th’ untainted virtue of your years
    Hath not yet div’d into the world’s deceit,
    Nor can you distinguish. William Shakespeare, Rich III.

    Dive thoughts down to my soul, here Clarence comes. William Shakespeare, Richard III.


  1. Dive

    Dive is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was included on his third studio album ÷ (2017). After the album's release it charted at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart.


  1. dive

    A dive refers to the action of plunging headfirst into water, usually done in a precise and skillful way, or exploring underwater areas, especially in scuba diving. In a broader context, it can also refer to a sudden or sharp decrease or drop in level or value, or a hurried or rapid movement to escape something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diveverb

    to plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body under, or deeply into, water or other fluid

  2. Diveverb

    fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore

  3. Diveverb

    to plunge (a person or thing) into water; to dip; to duck

  4. Diveverb

    to explore by diving; to plunge into

  5. Divenoun

    a plunge headforemost into water, the act of one who dives, literally or figuratively

  6. Divenoun

    a place of low resort

  7. Etymology: [OE. diven, duven, AS. dfan to sink, v. t., fr. dfan, v. i.; akin to Icel. dfa, G. taufen, E. dip, deep, and perh. to dove, n. Cf. Dip.]


  1. Dive

    Dive is a Belgian industrial music band formed in 1990 by Dirk Ivens. Dive's "audio trademark" is the experimental sound of abused drum machines, pulsating through crackling distortion on almost every song.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dive

    dīv, v.i. to dip or plunge into water: to go headlong into a recess, forest, &c.: to plunge or go deeply into any matter.—n. a plunge into water: a swoop.—n. Div′er, one who dives: a pearl-diver: one who works from a diving-bell or in a diving-dress beneath water: a bird expert at diving—specifically, the genus diver or loon of northern seas—loosely, auks, grebes, penguins, &c.: (slang) a pickpocket. [A.S. dýfan, dúfan; Ice. dýfa. See Dip.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DIVE

    A gambler's retreat. DIVIDENDS A gambler's reward.

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  2. DIVE

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dive' in Verbs Frequency: #1073

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dive in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of dive in a Sentence

  1. Kyle Larson:

    Obviously, Harvick and Chase got together. Chase was upset. Kind of held him up, it got Harvick having to move around and use his tires up off the bottom. I started to get some dive-ins working off of( turn) two, got a big run, decided to pull the trigger, slide him, squeeze him a little bit, hen he had me jacked up down the frontstretch. It was wild.

  2. Dale Vince:

    We thought, you know what, what we can do with this is actually bring our message to a new world, the world of soccer -- relatively untouched by eco stuff. Our work is on the issues of energy, transport and food; and within soccer you find that, like a stick of rock, written through the middle. So we decided to dive in, rescue the club, create the greenest soccer club perhaps in the world and use that as a way to reach a totally different audience.

  3. Eric Feinberg:

    We deep dive into the web looking for bad patterns.

  4. Elina Shirazi -RRB- Levy:

    I think one of the things that we struggle with is that you cant see it daily. You cant grasp the magnitude of it, but its still a national treasure for us and we should value it as such, this project, in particular, is going to take a lot more humans and dive power, as I like to call it, to actually achieve these numbers and the scale that we want to start working at.

  5. David Michod:

    We worked out really early on that we were going to drift away from the plays themselves ... Both of us did a huge amount of deep dive research ... and then we made a whole bunch of stuff up too, and the upshot of it is that I sit here now before you today and I honestly can't remember what's real, what's made up and what's from Shakespeare.

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Translations for dive

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  • غطس, يقفز الى الماء, غاص, يغوصArabic
  • ныра́ць, нырну́цьBelarusian
  • гмуркам се, потапям се, гмуркане, пикиране, спусканеBulgarian
  • estiradaCatalan, Valencian
  • Schwalbe, abtauchen, TauchenGerman
  • κατάδυση, βουτιάGreek
  • subakviĝi, plonĝiEsperanto
  • antro, buceo, clavado, bucearSpanish
  • filmaaminen, näytteleminen, sukellus, sukeltaaFinnish
  • chiquer, plonger, plongée, piqué, nager, gargote, plongeonFrench
  • לצלול, קפץ ראש, צלילה, צללHebrew
  • selamIndonesian
  • immergersi, tuffarsiItalian
  • 飛び込む, 潜るJapanese
  • 뛰어들다, 잠수, 잠수하다, 무자맥질Korean
  • desilire, urinariLatin
  • dauchenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ņurkot, nirtLatvian
  • filming, simuleringNorwegian
  • schwalbe, onderwaterzwemmen, kelderrestaurant, duikenDutch
  • nurkowaćPolish
  • inferninho, antro, simular, mergulhar, cair, mergulho, quedaPortuguese
  • sări, alunecare, scufundare, plonjareRomanian
  • погружа́ться, нырну́ть, уйти́ с голово́й, ныря́ть, нырять, симули́ровать, пике, нырнуть, погрузи́тьсяRussian
  • dyka, dyk, filma, filmningSwedish
  • การพุ่งล้มThai
  • ниря́тиUkrainian
  • suvgaUzbek
  • lặnVietnamese
  • 假摔, 插水Chinese

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    A opaque
    B witless
    C aligned
    D squashy

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