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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Examples of nosedive in a Sentence

The plane went into a nosedive. The stock market took a nosedive.
Recent Examples on the Web In both crashes, the system went off in response to faulty data, and pilots were unable to counteract the system, leading both aircraft to nosedive. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Southwest pilots are suing Boeing for “misleading” them into flying the 737 Max," 8 Oct. 2019 Nebraska nosedives; Colorado gives Pac-12 a jolt Nebraska, a popular pick to win the Big Ten West, led Colorado 17-0 at halftime. Los Angeles Times, "Jim Harbaugh’s play calls and results show Michigan isn’t as good as he thinks it is," 7 Sep. 2019 This contentious atmosphere perhaps explains why customer satisfaction with Facebook nosedives 6% to the bottom of the industry at 63. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we like fake stuff on Facebook," 2 Aug. 2019 The plane’s microprocessor speed was said to be a contributing factor, with the plane’s new control software potentially triggering an automatic nosedive. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Boeing says its 737 Max just needs a quick software fix. Aviation experts disagree," 25 July 2019 That climb was followed by an even more dramatic nosedive the following year. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Bitcoin price hits 1-year high on boost from Facebook's Libra plan," 19 June 2019 Federal air-crash investigators suspect that pilot errors, rather than aircraft malfunctions, led to an Atlas Air cargo plane’s nosedive near Houston in February that killed all three people on board, according to people familiar with the details. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Pilot Error Suspected in Fatal Atlas Air Cargo Crash," 15 Mar. 2019 When the 2008 financial crash hits, business at the club Destiny works at nosedives. Beandrea July, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hustlers': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 In terms of nosedives, Tennessee is rivaled only by No. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "NCAA Re-Rank 1-130: Auburn jumps into top 10, while Tennessee and Missouri take tumbles," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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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.


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-dived; nose-diving

Kids Definition of nose-dive

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

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