Dive v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dived colloq. Dove a relic of the AS. strong forms deáf, dofen; p. pr. & vb. n. Diving.]
1. To plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body under, or deeply into, water or other fluid.
It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men have dived for them. --Whately.
Note: ☞ The colloquial form dove is common in the United States as an imperfect tense form.
All [the walruses] dove down with a tremendous splash. --Dr. Hayes.
When closely pressed it [the loon] dove . . . and left the young bird sitting in the water. --J. Burroughs.
2. Fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore.
Di·va n.; It. pl. Dive . A prima donna.
Dive v. t.
1. To plunge (a person or thing) into water; to dip; to duck. [Obs.]
2. To explore by diving; to plunge into. [R.]
The Curtii bravely dived the gulf of fame. --Denham.
He dives the hollow, climbs the steeps. --Emerson.
1. A plunge headforemost into water, the act of one who dives, literally or figuratively.
2. A place of low resort. [Slang]
The music halls and dives in the lower part of the city. --J. Hawthorne.
n 1: a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall [syn: honkytonk]
2: a headlong plunge into water [syn: diving]
3: a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft [syn: nose dive]
v 1: drop steeply; "the stock market plunged" [syn: plunge, plunk]
2: plunge into water; "I was afraid to dive from the board into
3: swim under water; "the children enjoyed diving and looking
n : a distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic
star [syn: prima donna]
[also: dive (pl)]