Dive (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dived (?), colloq. Dove (), a relic of the AS. strong forms de�xa0;f, dofen; p. pr. & vb. n. Diving.] [OE. diven, duven, AS. dfan to sink, v. t., fr. dfan, v. i.; akin to Icel. dfa, G. taufen, E. dip, deep, and perh. to dove, n. Cf. Dip.]


To plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body under, or deeply into, water or other fluid.

It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men have dived for them. Whately.

⇒ The colloquial form dove is common in the United States as an imperfect tense form.

All [the walruses] dove down with a tremendous splash. Dr. Hayes.

When closely pressed it [the loon] dove . . . and left the young bird sitting in the water. J. Burroughs.


Fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore.



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Dive (?), v. t.


To plunge (a person or thing) into water; to dip; to duck.




To explore by diving; to plunge into.


The Curtii bravely dived the gulf of fame. Denham.

He dives the hollow, climbs the steeps. Emerson.


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Dive, n.


A plunge headforemost into water, the act of one who dives, literally or figuratively.


A place of low resort.


The music halls and dives in the lower part of the city. J. Hawthorne.


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