Definition of swan dive in English:

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swan dive

Pronunciation: /ˈswän ˌdīv/
North American


A dive performed with one’s arms outspread until close to the water.
Example sentences
  • Chessa did a perfect swan dive off the diving board into rippling water below her.
  • In Tom's World, it's always better to try a swan dive and deliver a colossal belly flop than to step timidly off the board while holding your nose.
  • To do the Mountain Pose with Prayer Hands, inhale as you reverse your swan dive, lifting your hands all the way up over your head.


[no object] (swan-dive)
Perform a swan drive.
Example sentences
  • Were it within Blair's gift to serve up the fall of western civilisation on a plate, I might now be debating which bridge I'd prefer to swan-dive off, Blackfriars or Hammersmith.
  • It's greatest effect was on the acquaintance who was there to watch over and make sure I didn't swan-dive into the fire.
  • You stand on the top, take a photograph of Manhattan, spread out below you, then swan-dive into midair.

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