Dives

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dive

[dahyv]
verb (used without object), dived or dove, dived, diving.
1.
to plunge into water, especially headfirst.
2.
to go below the surface of the water, as a submarine.
3.
to plunge, fall, or descend through the air, into the earth, etc.: The acrobats dived into nets.
4.
Aeronautics. (of an airplane) to descend rapidly.
5.
to penetrate suddenly into something, as with the hand: to dive into one's purse.
6.
to dart: to dive into a doorway.
7.
to enter deeply or plunge into a subject, activity, etc.
verb (used with object), dived or dove, dived, diving.
8.
to cause to plunge, submerge, or descend.
9.
to insert quickly; plunge: He dived his hand into his pocket.
noun
10.
an act or instance of diving.
11.
a jump or plunge into water, especially in a prescribed way from a diving board.
12.
the vertical or nearly vertical descent of an airplane at a speed surpassing the possible speed of the same plane in level flight.
13.
a submerging, as of a submarine or skindiver.
14.
a dash, plunge, or lunge, as if throwing oneself at or into something: He made a dive for the football.
15.
a sudden or sharp decline, as in stock prices.
16.
Informal. a dingy or disreputable bar or nightclub.
17.
Boxing. a false show of being knocked out, usually in a bout whose result has been prearranged: to take a dive in an early round.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English diven to dive, dip, Old English dȳfan to dip (causative of dūfan to dive, sink); cognate with Old Norse dȳfa dip, German taufen to baptize; akin to dip

postdive, adjective
predive, adjective
underdive, noun
underdive, verb (used without object), underdived or underdove, underdived, underdiving.


Both dived and dove are standard as the past tense of dive. Dived, historically the older form, is somewhat more common in edited writing, but dove occurs there so frequently that it also must be considered standard: The rescuer dove into 20 feet of icy water. Dove is an Americanism that probably developed by analogy with alternations like drive, drove and ride, rode. It is the more common form in speech in the northern United States and in Canada, and its use seems to be spreading. The past participle of dive is always dived.
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dive (daɪv)
 
vb (usually foll by in or into) , (US) dives, diving, dived, dove, dived
1.  to plunge headfirst into water
2.  (of a submarine, swimmer, etc) to submerge under water
3.  (also tr) to fly (an aircraft) in a steep nose-down descending path, or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a path
4.  to rush, go, or reach quickly, as in a headlong plunge: he dived for the ball
5.  (also tr; foll by in or into) to dip or put (one's hand) quickly or forcefully (into): to dive into one's pocket
6.  to involve oneself (in something), as in eating food
7.  slang soccer (of a footballer) to pretend to have been tripped or impeded by an opposing player in order to win a free kick or penalty
 
n
8.  a headlong plunge into water, esp one of several formalized movements executed as a sport
9.  an act or instance of diving
10.  a steep nose-down descent of an aircraft
11.  slang a disreputable or seedy bar or club
12.  slang boxing the act of a boxer pretending to be knocked down or out: he took a dive in the fourth round
13.  slang soccer the act of a player pretending to have been tripped or impeded
 
[Old English dӯfan; related to Old Norse dӯfa to dip, Frisian dīvi; see deep, dip]

Dives (ˈdaɪviːz)
 
n
1.  a rich man in the parable in Luke 16:19--31
2.  a very rich man

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dive
emerged 13c. from O.E. dufan "to dive, duck, sink" (intransitive, class II strong verb; past tense deaf, pp. dofen) and dyfan "to dip, submerge" (weak, transitive), from P.Gmc. *dubijanan. Past tense dove is a later formation, perhaps on analogy of drive/drove. Sense of "disreputable bar" is first recorded
Amer.Eng. 1871, perhaps because they were usually in basements, and going into one was both a literal and figurative "diving." Related: Diver; diving.

Dives
traditional name for a rich man, late 14c., from L. dives "rich (man)," used in Luke xvi in Vulgate and commonly mistaken as the proper name of the man in the parable. Related to divus "divine," and originally meaning "favored by the gods."
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dive definition


  1. n.
    a low drinking establishment; a cheap saloon. : I don't think I want to spend the whole evening in this dive.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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