nose·​dive ˈnōz-ˌdīv How to pronounce nosedive (audio)
: a downward nose-first plunge of a flying object (such as an airplane)
: a sudden extreme drop
stock prices took a nosedive
nose-dive intransitive verb

Example Sentences

The plane went into a nosedive. The stock market took a nosedive.
Recent Examples on the Web After proclaiming their intent to run it back and become the first team to repeat as champion in nearly two decades, poor play, questionable coaching decisions and a seemingly endless string of injuries sent the Rams into a historic nosedive. Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2022 That means that the fees investment bankers collect have taken a nosedive from their 2021 records. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 27 Oct. 2022 High temperatures will take a nosedive of about 12 degrees by Wednesday as cooler air and light rain show up overnight. oregonlive, 27 Sep. 2022 Some even blame China for the island nation’s economic nosedive. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Aug. 2022 But back before the recent nosedive, Hastings and Sarandos saw their compensation packages constrict slightly. Brent Lang, Variety, 30 Apr. 2022 In Red Bull’s Plane Swap event, set for Sunday, April 24, skydivers and pilots Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington — each piloting single-seat Cessna aircrafts to 14,000 feet in the skies over Arizona — will put their planes into a vertical nosedive. Todd Spangler, Variety, 16 Mar. 2022 The yield curve’s main nosedive happened in the wake of the June FOMC Minutes, when Fed members hastened the timeline for rate hikes. Oliver Renick, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Between the pandemic-induced nosedive of 2020 and the inventory pinch of 2021, dealers like Gonzalez have been left shaking their heads. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nosedive was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Nosedive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
nose·​dive ˈnōz-ˌdīv How to pronounce nosedive (audio)
: a downward nose-first plunge (as of an airplane)
: a sudden extreme drop (as in prices)


2 of 2 verb
nose-dived; nose-diving
: to plunge suddenly or sharply

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