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
- 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.
- n. A plunge headforemost into water, the act of one who dives, literally or figuratively.
- n. A place of low resort.
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
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)