Pronunciation: (dīv),[key] —v.,dived or dove, dived, div•ing, —n.
—v.i. 1. to plunge into water, esp. 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. Aeron.(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.
—v.t. 1. to cause to plunge, submerge, or descend.
2. to insert quickly; plunge: He dived his hand into his pocket.
—n. 1. an act or instance of diving.
2. a jump or plunge into water, esp. in a prescribed way from a diving board.
3. the vertical or nearly vertical descent of an airplane at a speed surpassing the possible speed of the same plane in level flight.
4. a submerging, as of a submarine or skindiver.
5. a dash, plunge, or lunge, as if throwing oneself at or into something: He made a dive for the football. 6. a sudden or sharp decline, as in stock prices.
7. Informal.a dingy or disreputable bar or nightclub.
8. 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.