nosedive

noun
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

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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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 That's right: Starting June 16, Netflix users will have complete access to the latest chapter of the hit Shondaland show, which means that your social life's about to take a nosedive. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Coming to Netflix in June 2018: These 82 Movies and TV Shows Will Brighten Your Summer," 23 May 2018 Closing out the festival is Eminem (9:10 p.m.), who’s managed to maintain one of music’s most rabid fan bases even as his critical and cultural cachet has taken a nosedive in recent years. Terence Cawley, BostonGlobe.com, "Too many choices at Boston Calling? Here’s some help.," 23 May 2018 Cut to another story, where a soccer player takes a nosedive onto some guy's truck. refinery29.com, "This Exclusive Clip From Dietland Asks: "What Is Jennifer?"," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of nosedive

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near nosedive

nose cone

no secret

nosed

nosedive

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 \

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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