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


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


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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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 The starters have been at the forefront of this nosedive. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The all-too-simple reason the Giants’ playoff hopes are dead," 28 Aug. 2019 In Tuesday’s nine innings could be seen a painful summation of the Padres nosedive in 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Orioles come back to take one from Padres," 30 July 2019 That’s in spite of its eighth and final season, which took a historic critical nosedive. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "HBO stole the Emmys back from Netflix—and that might not happen again for awhile," 16 July 2019 Make no major changes or decisions in December when your judgment takes a nosedive and your actions could have unexpected consequences. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for July 13, 2019: Gemini, review your budget and bills; Scorpio, release what’s not needed," 13 July 2019 The investigation into the Oct. 29 Lion Air crash pointed to a malfunction of a safety feature, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, that repeatedly forced the plane into a nosedive. Washington Post, "Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis -- Your Questions Answered: QuickTake," 18 Sep. 2019 More than 1,000 jobs vanished, sending Rockdale and surrounding Milam County, population 25,000, into a nosedive. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of nosedive

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nose down

nose drops


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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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