1 of an aircraft
ADJ. steep, vertical | gentle, shallow | spiral
VERB + DIVE go into The plane went into a steep dive. | pull out of The pilot seemed to be having difficulty in pulling out of the dive.
ADJ. headlong, nose (also nosedive) (both often figurative) The economy is on a headlong dive to disaster. His acting career took a nosedive and he turned to drink for solace. | sudden | running She made a running dive to get across the crevasse.
VERB + DIVE make, take She made a dive for the door. He took a dive in the penalty area and won his team a controversial penalty. (figurative) The market is volatile and profits could take a dive.
PREP. ~ for There would be a dive for the bar as soon as the show finished.
1 jump into water
ADV. deep, head first | down
PREP. for diving for pearls | from She dived from the top diving board. | into He dived head first into the water. | off
PHRASES go diving The main purpose of his holiday to Greece was to go diving.
2 of birds/aircraft
ADV. suddenly | vertically Unlike some birds, it does not dive vertically.
PREP. from, to The plane suddenly dived from 10,000 feet to 5,000.
ADV. head first, headlong
PREP. beneath, into He dived headlong into the ditch. | through, under
PHRASES dive for cover We heard an explosion and dived for cover.