Definition of nosedive
1 : a downward nose-first plunge of a flying object (as an airplane)
2 : a sudden extreme drop stock prices took a nosedive
Examples of nosedive in a sentence
The plane went into a nosedive.
The stock market took a nosedive.
First Known Use of nosedive
NOSEDIVE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of nosedive for Students
1 : a downward plunge (as of an airplane)
2 : a sudden sharp drop (as in prices)
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