nosedive

noun nose·dive \ ˈnōz-ˌdīv \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

nose-dive

intransitive verb

Examples of nosedive in a Sentence

  1. The plane went into a nosedive.

  2. The stock market took a nosedive.

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First Known Use of nosedive

1912


NOSEDIVE Defined for English Language Learners

nosedive

noun

Definition of nosedive for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

nosedive

noun nose·dive \ ˈnōz-ˌdīv \

Definition of nosedive for Students

1 : a downward plunge (as of an airplane)
2 : a sudden sharp drop (as in prices)

nose-dive

verb

Definition of nose-dive for Students

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


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