nosedive

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noun nose·dive \ˈnōz-ˌdīv\

Definition of nosedive

  1. 1 :  a downward nose-first plunge of a flying object (such as an airplane)

  2. 2 :  a sudden extreme drop stock prices took a nosedive

nose–dive

intransitive verb

Examples of nosedive in a Sentence

  1. The plane went into a nosedive.

  2. The stock market took a nosedive.

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First Known Use of nosedive

1912


NOSEDIVE Defined for English Language Learners

nosedive

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Definition of nosedive for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden sharp drop made by an airplane with its front end pointing toward the ground

  • : a sudden sharp drop in price, value, condition, etc.


NOSEDIVE Defined for Kids

nosedive

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noun nose·dive \ˈnōz-ˌdīv\

Definition of nosedive for Students

  1. 1 :  a downward plunge (as of an airplane)

  2. 2 :  a sudden sharp drop (as in prices)



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