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

Examples of nosedive in a Sentence

The plane went into a nosedive. The stock market took a nosedive.
Recent Examples on the Web The rate of solar installations in California has taken a nosedive after the state’s utility agency slashed rebates for surplus power produced by residential solar panels. Tony Briscoe, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Passengers, speaking to local media, described seeing people being thrown to the ceiling and then falling to the floor as those on board felt a sudden rollercoaster-like drop — as if the plane were taking a nosedive — before the plane quickly leveled. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic almost all of California’s schools were closed, but even with online classes, attendance took a nosedive. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 9 Mar. 2024 And the real estate sector, which grew for decades, driving the Chinese economic miracle, took a nosedive since the pandemic. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024 Up the ranks Bailey served as assistant chief under his predecessor Taylor for the past four years, considered the rockiest in the city’s history between social justice protests and a nosedive in staffing levels. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Feb. 2024 From deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019, to the recent debacle with loose bolts and a door being torn off during an Alaska airlines flight, the company’s reputation for safety has taken a nosedive. Joe Moglia, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 In terms of life expectancy, the US has trailed its peers for years but took a nosedive during the pandemic, while other countries fared better. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2023 However, with funding taking a nosedive in 2023—due to political instability and the ongoing war—challenging times are ahead for Israeli startups. Martin Reeves, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2024

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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 20 Apr. 2024.

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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