nosedive

noun
nose·​dive | \ ˈnōz-ˌdīv How to pronounce nosedive (audio) \

Definition of nosedive

1 : a downward nose-first plunge of a flying object (such as an airplane)
2 : a sudden extreme drop stock prices took a nosedive

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Other Words from nosedive

nose-dive intransitive verb

Synonyms & Antonyms for nosedive

Synonyms

descent, dip, dive, down, drop, fall, plunge

Antonyms

ascent, climb, rise, rising, soaring, upswing, upturn

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Examples of nosedive in a Sentence

The plane went into a nosedive. The stock market took a nosedive.

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Sure, the Badgers’ run defense took a nosedive last year—from third in the country in 2017 to 50th—but more than anything, this team has been in need of a quarterback in recent seasons. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Ryan Day Taking Over at Ohio State and Other Top Storylines to Watch as Fall Camps Near," 1 July 2019 Pivotal Software took a nosedive after the cloud-computing company slashed its revenue forecast for the year. Washington Post, "US stocks rise again, though energy shares slump with oil," 5 June 2019 In Boeing simulations of the crash, the window between when the system engaged and when the plane's nosedive became irreversible could be as small as 40 seconds. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Had Less Than a Minute to Avert Fatal Crash," 27 Mar. 2019 Both flights crashed minutes after takeoff when an automated safety feature known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was triggered erroneously, sending each aircraft into a fatal nosedive. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Takes Responsibility For Both 737 Max 8 Crashes and Apologizes," 4 Apr. 2019 Investigators in Texas searched Sunday for cockpit voice and data recorders in the wreckage of a cargo plane flying for Amazon.com Inc. that went into a sudden nosedive and crashed over the weekend, killing the three people on board. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Investigators Search for Black Boxes in Amazon Plane Crash," 25 Feb. 2019 Pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed last month referred to Boeing's safety guidelines while trying to rescue the aircraft from a fatal nosedive, according to a Wall Street Journal report early Wednesday. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Ethiopian Airlines Pilots Followed Boeing's Safety Procedures But Couldn't Prevent Crash," 3 Apr. 2019 Ratings are starting to recover from the initial nosedive as customers become accustomed to the changes. Dina Bass And Nate Lanxon, chicagotribune.com, "Don't skype me: How Microsoft turned consumers against a beloved brand," 14 May 2018 The decoupling of development and bugfixing is also an issue: during the development and integration phases the reliability and stability of the software will take a giant nosedive. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nosedive

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nosedive was in 1912

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nosedive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nosedive

: 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

noun
nose·​dive | \ ˈnōz-ˌdīv How to pronounce nosedive (audio) \

Kids Definition of nosedive

1 : a downward plunge (as of an airplane)
2 : a sudden sharp drop (as in prices)

nose-dive

verb
nose-dived; nose-diving

Kids Definition of nose-dive

: to plunge or drop suddenly or sharply His confidence nose-dived.

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