power-dive

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verb

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

intransitive verb

: to make a power dive

transitive verb

: to cause to power-dive

power dive

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noun

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

Example Sentences

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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, 28 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1937, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of power-dive was in 1930

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Cite this Entry

“Power-dive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power-dive. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

power dive

noun

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