Dived
Dive Dive, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dived}, colloq. {Dove}, a relic of the AS. strong forms de['a]f, dofen; p. pr. & vb. n. {Diving}.] [OE. diven, duven, AS. d?fan to sink, v. t., fr. d?fan, v. i.; akin to Icel. d?fa, G. taufen, E. dip, deep, and perh. to dove, n. Cf. {Dip}.] 1. To plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body under, or deeply into, water or other fluid. [1913 Webster]

It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men have dived for them. --Whately. [1913 Webster]

Note: The colloquial form dove is common in the United States as an imperfect tense form. [1913 Webster]

All [the walruses] dove down with a tremendous splash. --Dr. Hayes. [1913 Webster]

When closely pressed it [the loon] dove . . . and left the young bird sitting in the water. --J. Burroughs. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore. --South. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • dived head first — jump into the water headfirst …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • dive — I UK [daɪv] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms dive : present tense I/you/we/they dive he/she/it dives present participle diving past tense dived past participle dived ** 1) to jump into water with your head first and with your arms stretched… …   English dictionary

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