sky·​div·​ing ˈskī-ˌdī-viŋ How to pronounce skydiving (audio)
: the sport of jumping from an airplane and typically executing a prolonged free fall before deploying a parachute
skydive intransitive verb
skydive noun
skydiver noun

Examples of skydiving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the video, the propeller stops and Jacob, wearing skydiving gear, opens the door of the plane and jumps. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 12 May 2023 That was a tandem jump — a skydiving pro was hooked onto her back. Jerry Carino, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2023 Some things are worth trying once or twice, and then never doing again: skydiving, ketchup on spaghetti, and hot yoga come to mind. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2023 The trio visited a tattoo parlor, went indoor skydiving, and embarked on a trip to see a glacier in Switzerland. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2023 Numerous lawsuits are filed against skydiving, scuba, parasailing and other extreme-activity companies every year, records show, some of which result in large settlements. Rob Wile, NBC News, 21 June 2023 In between donor meetings and church events, the family motors around in a mud-streaked Toyota rig on escapades that range from skydiving and mountain climbing to bear hunting in Alaska. Jason Motlagh, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2023 The event includes performances by Misty Blues, an all-female skydiving team, maneuvers by professional aviators and the chance to ride in a helicopter or airplane for $45, according to a county news release. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 7 Aug. 2023 Marge’s skydiving has been in tandem, too, and this was a much better experience than her last one five years ago. Jerry Carino, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skydiving was in 1955

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“Skydiving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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sky·​div·​ing -ˌdī-viŋ How to pronounce skydiving (audio)
: the sport of jumping from an airplane and carrying out various body maneuvers before opening a parachute
skydive verb
skydiver noun

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