Share this entry

Share this page

swan dive

Syllabification: swan dive
North American

Definition of swan dive in English:

noun

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.

verb

[no object] (swan-dive) Back to top  
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.

Definition of swan dive in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: ˌprēˈpōtnt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence