Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To plunge, especially headfirst, into water.
  • intransitive v. To execute a dive in athletic competition.
  • intransitive v. To participate in the sport of competitive diving.
  • intransitive v. To go toward the bottom of a body of water; submerge.
  • intransitive v. To engage in the activity of scuba diving.
  • intransitive v. To submerge under power. Used of a submarine.
  • intransitive v. To fall head down through the air.
  • intransitive v. To descend nose down at an acceleration usually exceeding that of free fall. Used of an airplane.
  • intransitive v. To engage in the sport of skydiving.
  • intransitive v. To drop sharply and rapidly; plummet: Stock prices dove 100 points in a single day of trading.
  • intransitive v. To rush headlong and vanish into: dive into a crowd.
  • intransitive v. To plunge one's hand into.
  • intransitive v. To lunge: dove for the loose ball.
  • intransitive v. To plunge into an activity or enterprise with vigor and gusto.
  • transitive v. To cause (an aircraft, for example) to dive.
  • n. A plunge into water, especially done headfirst and in a way established for athletic competition.
  • n. The act or an instance of submerging, as of a submarine or a skin diver.
  • n. A nearly vertical descent at an accelerated speed through the air.
  • n. A quick, pronounced drop.
  • n. Slang A disreputable or run-down bar or nightclub.
  • n. A run-down residence.
  • n. Sports A knockout feigned by prearrangement between prizefighters: The challenger took a dive.
  • n. Sports An exaggerated fall, especially by a hockey player, intended to draw a penalty against an opponent.
  • n. A lunge or a headlong jump: made a dive to catch the falling teacup.
  • n. Football An offensive play in which the carrier of the ball plunges into the opposing line in order to gain short yardage.
  • n. A plural of diva.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To swim under water.
  • v. To jump into water head-first.
  • v. To descend sharply or steeply.
  • v. To undertake with enthusiasm.
  • v. To deliberately fall down after a challenge, imitating being fouled, in the hope of getting one's opponent penalised.
  • v. To cause to descend, dunk.
  • n. A jump or plunge into water.
  • n. A swim under water.
  • n. A decline.
  • n. A seedy bar, nightclub, etc.
  • n. Aerial descend with the nose pointed down.
  • n. A deliberate fall after a challenge.
  • n. Plural form of diva.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plunge headforemost into water, the act of one who dives, literally or figuratively.
  • n. A place of low resort.
  • intransitive v. To plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body under, or deeply into, water or other fluid.
  • intransitive v. Fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore.
  • transitive v. To plunge (a person or thing) into water; to dip; to duck.
  • transitive v. To explore by diving; to plunge into.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To descend or plunge head first into water; thrust the body suddenly into water or other fluid; plunge deeply: as, to dive for shells.
  • To make a plunge in any way; plunge suddenly downward or forward, especially so as to disappear: as, to dive down a precipice or into a forest.
  • To plunge or enter deeply into something that engrosses the attention; engage deeply in anything: as, to dive to the bottom of a subject; to dive into the whirl of business.
  • To explore by diving.
  • n. A descent or plunge head first into water or other fluid; a “header”: as, a dive from a spring-board.
  • n. A sudden attack or swoop: as, to make a dive.
  • n. A disreputable place of resort, where drinking and other forms of vice are indulged in, and, commonly, vulgar entertainments are given: so called because often situated in basements or other half-concealed places into which the resorters may “dive” with little risk of observation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. plunge into water
  • v. drop steeply
  • v. swim under water
  • n. a headlong plunge into water
  • n. a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft
  • n. a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall

Etymologies

Middle English diven, from Old English dȳfan, to dip, and from dūfan, to sink.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English diven, duven, from the merger of Old English dȳfan ("to dip, immerse", transitive weak verb) and dūfan ("to duck, dive, sink, penetrate", intransitive strong verb) (past participle ġedofen). Cognate with Icelandic dýfa ("to dip, dive"), Low German bedaven ("covered, covered with water"). (Wiktionary)
From Italian; see diva. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • My aunt used to own a house not too far from Steel Pier, and I remember being able to watch the horses dive from the beach.

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  • In the afternoon of the same day, Lee and Ida Barton made their shallow dive from the Outrigger beach, and went on, at a steady stroke, past the diving-stage to the big water beyond the Kanaka

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  • But this boy could do it – seventy feet I know he cleared in one dive from the rigging – clenched hands on chest, head thrown back, sailing more like a bird, upward and out, and out and down, body flat on the air so that if it struck the surface in that position it would be split in half like a herring.

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  • I have seen her dive from the bridge deck – no mean feat in itself – into that six-feet of water, and fetch up no less than forty-seven coins, scattered willy-nilly over the whole bottom of the tank.

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  • The dive is said to be equivalent to jumping off a 12-story building in a vertical free fall.

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  • Laura Wilkinson preps for a dive from the 10 meter platform at the Olympic trials on Sunday.

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  • Now let us dive from the light into the obsidian murk of the Honest Public Servant WYSIWYG Gordon Brown.

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  • In OE there was no 'v' ... here, the f=v.
    bedofen - drowned ; pp. of bedúfan. (bedoven, pp of beduvan)
    dúfan - past: ðú dufe, pl. dufon; pp. dofen To DIVE, sink

    dove is just a mutation of the ú in the 2nd person (ðu duve); doven straight from dofen.

    In ME we have bedoven for "drenched" or "drowned":
    Alle hir body..semyd be dowen in blood (here w=v)- Life of Saint Christina Mirabilis of Saint Trudons St.Christina Mirab. (All her body seemed bedoven in blood.)

    October 6, 2011

  • A fusion of two Old English verbs: the transitive umlauted form dýfan "dip, submerge (a thing)" gave the modern form and weak conjugation—dive, dived, dived; whereas the primary verb dúfan dropped out in early Middle English, bequeathing its intransitive meaning "dive" to the other. If it had survived into Modern English it might go douve, deve, doven (I'm never very sure about how ablaut grades are inherited). The North American strong preterite dove is a new, quite modern formation.

    May 27, 2009