nosedive

noun
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Ratings are starting to recover from the initial nosedive as customers become accustomed to the changes. Dina Bass And Nate Lanxon, chicagotribune.com, "Don't skype me: How Microsoft turned consumers against a beloved brand," 14 May 2018 The decoupling of development and bugfixing is also an issue: during the development and integration phases the reliability and stability of the software will take a giant nosedive. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018 The case in The Hague came as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani failed to convince parliament that his plans will pull the country out of an economic nosedive worsened by America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "US insists re-imposition of Iran sanctions is legal," 28 Aug. 2018 There wasn't much to the story, and level design took a nosedive thanks to an emphasis on randomized encounters, replayable missions, and a tedious loot grind. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Grab Shadow Warrior 2 for free as part of GOG.com's 10th birthday celebrations," 4 Oct. 2018 And sufferers still in their childbearing years often say their pain worsens just before and during their periods, when estrogen nosedives. Leslie Goldman, Woman's Day, "More Women Have Fibromyalgia Than Breast Cancer," 10 Sep. 2017 But on a spinning disk with a head that needs to move in order to read the different bits of each file, performance can take a nosedive. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "macOS 10.14 Mojave: The Ars Technica review," 24 Sep. 2018 About halfway through Wardle’s documentary, the manic energy of the triplet’s first act takes a nosedive. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Three Identical Strangers Revisits a Shadowy Scientific Conspiracy," 29 June 2018 Even with Friday's nosedive, the stock is up roughly 87% from this time last year. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Steve Wynn accused of sexual misconduct, report says," 26 Jan. 2018

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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

no-see-um

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The first known use of nosedive was in 1912

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nosedive

noun

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.

nosedive

noun
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-dive

verb
nose-dived; nose-diving

Kids Definition of nose-dive

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

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