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 Patriots Bill Belichick’s genius is the biggest reason to believe New England’s not headed for a nosedive. 15. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL power rankings: Detroit Lions not quite playoff quality after NFL draft, offseason," 28 May 2020 The nosedive wiped out more than $5 billion of the company's market value, hurting US mom-and-pop investors in the process. Matt Egan, CNN, "Here comes the US crackdown on China stocks," 21 May 2020 Shuttered storefronts, evaporated foot traffic, and a sharp decline in consumer confidence have caused sales to nosedive. Jasmin Malik Chua,, "What Is The Future Of Fast Fashion? It’s Complicated," 22 Apr. 2020 About one-third of the state’s dairy products, mostly cheese, is sold in the food-service trade that's seen sales nosedive from the shutdown of restaurants, schools, sporting events, festivals and other markets for dairy products. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farm bankruptcies rising rapidly as coronavirus weighs heavily on agriculture," 14 Apr. 2020 But the speed and depth of the nosedive which airlines have taken is nevertheless breathtaking. The Economist, "Grounded The impact of covid-19 on airlines," 15 Mar. 2020 The financial markets closed on an upswing after one of the worst nosedives since 1987. Time, "U.S. Travel Ban Extended to United Kingdom and Ireland Over Coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020 The financial markets closed on an upswing after one of the worst nosedives since 1987. Anchorage Daily News, "House passes aid bill after Trump declares virus emergency," 14 Mar. 2020 So uncertain that if the virus, also known as COVID-19, continues extensively spreading, the aviation industry could lose a total of $113 billion as travel demand nosedives, according to the International Air Transport Association. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Coronavirus Is Starting to Significantly Impact Norwegian, Alitalia, and Other Airlines," 10 Mar. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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