Definition of nosedive in English:


Syllabification: nose·dive
Pronunciation: /ˈnōzˌdīv



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  • 1(Of an aircraft) make a nosedive.
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    • The airliner nosedived into Rockaway, about five miles from the airport, just after 9am.
    • The pilot appeared to fight for control before the little plane nosedived to the ground with a resounding crash on a hill near today's Western Institute of Technology.
    • For a split second, ugly scenes try to squeeze into my brain: planes nosediving, twirling, horrific screeching, explosions on impact.
  • 1.1Deteriorate suddenly and dramatically: massive strikes caused the economy to nosedive
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    • But he came unstuck with the Kobe earthquake in mid-January, which killed more than 5,000 people, wrecked one of Japan's major commercial cities, and sent Japanese share prices nosediving.
    • In August, it sold £7.4 billion worth of European government bonds and then, after prices had nosedived on the back of the huge sale, bought a portion back at a profit.
    • In the last six months alone, the companies have seen their values collapse by 34% as global share prices have nosedived.
    fall, take a header, drop, sink, plunge, plummet, tumble, slump, go down, decline
    informal crash

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