pow·​er-dive | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-ˌdīv How to pronounce power-dive (audio) \
power-dived; power-diving; power-dives

Definition of power-dive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a power dive

transitive verb

: to cause to power-dive

power dive


Definition of power dive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dive of an airplane accelerated by the power of the engine

Examples of power-dive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the next hour, more than 30 humpbacks arrived in the nearby vicinity, lunge feeding, spouting, spy hopping and providing the occasional tail salute before power dives. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Humpbacks, killer whales, fin whales star in coastal spectacle," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of power-dive


1937, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Power-dive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power-dive. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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