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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nose-dive intransitive verb

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Examples of nosedive in a Sentence

The plane went into a nosedive. The stock market took a nosedive.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 All agree the temperature will take a nosedive on Christmas Eve. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 21 Dec. 2020 Patriots Bill Belichick’s genius is the biggest reason to believe New England’s not headed for a nosedive. 15. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 2020 The nosedive wiped out more than $5 billion of the company's market value, hurting US mom-and-pop investors in the process. Matt Egan, CNN, 21 May 2020 Shuttered storefronts, evaporated foot traffic, and a sharp decline in consumer confidence have caused sales to nosedive. Jasmin Malik Chua,, 22 Apr. 2020 About one-third of the state’s dairy products, mostly cheese, is sold in the food-service trade that's seen sales nosedive from the shutdown of restaurants, schools, sporting events, festivals and other markets for dairy products. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2020 But the speed and depth of the nosedive which airlines have taken is nevertheless breathtaking. The Economist, 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nosedive

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nosedive was in 1912

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“Nosedive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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