Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A very steep dive of an aircraft.
  • n. A sudden, swift drop or plunge: Stock prices took a nosedive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A headfirst fall or jump.
  • n. A rapid fall in price or value.
  • v. To dive down in a steep angle.
  • v. To perform a rapid fall in price or value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To drop with the nose or front first, as of an airplane.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft
  • n. a sudden sharp drop or rapid decline
  • v. plunge nose first; drop with the nose or front first, of aircraft
  • n. a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft

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Examples

  • Ever since the "Flash Crash" in May of 2010 - when the market took an unprecedented short-term nosedive due to computer-driven trading - many investors had wondered if the growing popularity of exchange-traded funds was somehow driving the market through its manic periods.

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  • The nosedive could be a sign that it lacks the shelf life that made Baron Cohen's "Borat" a

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  • Possum, that is the first I have heard of the "nosedive" concept.

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  • A witness said that the woman in her 70s saw the car "nosedive" into the Avon from the opposite bank.

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  • History suggests such a connection could give way at any time - over almost any issue - and send Obama into the kind of nosedive from which other presidents never recovered.

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  • As for the "nosedive" comment, I think Gregg's analysis needs some context.

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  • Martha Guidoni said this photo was taken after she and her husband saw the plane "nosedive" in Butte, Montana.

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  • Martha Guidoni says this photo was taken after she and her husband saw the plane "nosedive" in Butte, Montana.

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  • I sensed that if I lost myself in that, what I would produce would nosedive.

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  • More alarming, his home run output took a nosedive, with only 16 at that same point in the year.

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