nose·​dive | \ ˈnōz-ˌdīv \

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


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


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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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'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 Productivity growth was vibrant after World War II and then took a nosedive during the 1970s before coincidentally bottoming out right around the time that Americans were exchanging President Carter for President Reagan. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump’s Unfinished Business," 6 June 2018 GREENDALE - Police are considering whether to cite a 63-year-old woman after her car took a nosedive into a trench in a construction zone June 4. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Car nosedives into trench in Greendale construction zone," 5 June 2018 Three years later, researchers announced that from 1989 to 2016, Germany had lost three quarters of its flying insects by mass—a nosedive tentatively connected with modern agriculture. Tim Graham, National Geographic, "Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline," 1 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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