Definition of nosedive in English:



  • 1A steep downward plunge by an aircraft.

    ‘the pilot put the plane in a nosedive and ejected’
    • ‘Witnesses said the plane was swaying from side to side after it had taken off, and it then went into a nosedive.’
    • ‘Krys shut her weapons down, returning light to the cockpit, and sent the hypership into a nosedive.’
    • ‘I suddenly felt the plane go completely downwards, into a nosedive.’
    • ‘I could not believe we were in a straight nosedive!’
    • ‘Ramirez flung the gargantuan vessel into a steep nosedive.’
    • ‘The Renegade plummeted into the atmosphere in a steep nosedive.’
    • ‘I had to pull back hard on the stick as my wounded victory drops into a steep nosedive.’
    • ‘For no clear reason, the handbrake is a lever of the kind that copiously sweating pilots in films use to bring their planes out of nosedives.’
    • ‘The Soujumah airship took a nosedive, and crashed into the ground, driving a muddy trench into the earth.’
    • ‘As the plane, which has a padded interior, plummets towards earth Darren will experience the thrill of weightlessness, then huge G-forces as the plane pulls out of its nosedive.’
    • ‘It was in a nosedive, heading right towards them.’
    • ‘LTS thrust his throttle forward, sending him into a nosedive.’
    • ‘He said everything seemed normal on the landing approach until suddenly the movement changed and the helicopter went into a nosedive.’
    • ‘The plane took an immediate nosedive, and managed to hit another plane below it while it was heading towards a one-way-meeting with the ground.’
    dive, drop, plunge, descent, plummet
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    1. 1.1 A sudden dramatic deterioration.
      ‘the player's fortunes took a nosedive’
      • ‘Then in 1986, oil prices took a nosedive and so did the profits.’
      • ‘On balance, Pattaya's success is set to continue unless airborne tourism across the world takes a sustained nosedive.’
      • ‘Then the great depression of the 1930s ruined the economy and Prince Industries' stock took a plummeting nosedive.’
      • ‘In June, new orders took a nosedive, including bookings for capital goods.’
      • ‘I had no trouble with any of them, but as soon as graphics entered into the picture, general quality took a nosedive.’
      • ‘However, he remains at pains to locate his own wife and when his colleague Silvio and daughter Teresa are also abducted, things take a sharp nosedive.’
      • ‘Others may say that their careers took a nosedive from 1996 onwards.’
      • ‘And it only fuels employees' ire when they lose savings in stock nosedives and otherwise feel a lack of financial and personal support.’
      • ‘Daunton argues that both public trust in and the administrative competence of the state both took a nosedive in the same period.’
      • ‘Even though I was a good student, my grades took a nosedive because of my lack of class participation.’
      • ‘According to estimates, Indian agriculture, which showed high rates of production prior to the 19th century took a nosedive.’
      • ‘The dollar soared, the euro dropped, and gold and its shares took a nosedive.’
      • ‘Cassandra and Joe started dating, but within a year the relationship took a nosedive.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for both, their careers took a nosedive after they both became embroiled in controversy.’
      • ‘Shopper traffic took a nosedive causing retailers to downgrade their sales and profit projections for the remainder of 2001.’
      • ‘By ‘of late’ I don't mean the past century or so, which has been characterized by warming trends, but the past several million years, when planetary temperatures took a nosedive.’
      • ‘With the economy in a nosedive and tax revenues plummeting, the only way to balance the budget was to drastically cut government spending.’
      • ‘Though 2000 was the year that telecommunications took a nosedive, Brightstar was banking $631 million.’
      • ‘As so often appears to happen with corporate nosedives of this magnitude, the general response from City types seems to be one of total bewilderment.’
      • ‘Because the IT sector, by the year 2000, accounted for roughly half of U.S. GDP growth, the nosedive in IT growth slashed the growth rate of the overall economy.’
      sharp fall, drop, plunge, plummet, tumble, decline, slump
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  • 1(of an aircraft) make a nosedive.

    ‘the plane nosedived into the ground and exploded’
    • ‘The airliner nosedived into Rockaway, about five miles from the airport, just after 9am.’
    • ‘There were no survivors aboard the plane, which was carrying 260 people from New York to the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean when it nosedived less than 10 miles from the airport.’
    • ‘Radio communications between the shuttle commander and mission control fell largely silent as the shuttle nosedived toward the Mojave Desert landing strip.’
    • ‘For a split second, ugly scenes try to squeeze into my brain: planes nosediving, twirling, horrific screeching, explosions on impact.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ray began to nosedive, heading right for the ground below.’
    • ‘I nosedived from about an altitude of 3,000 meters and practically a 60-degree angle.’
    dive, plunge, pitch, pitch down, drop rapidly, swoop, plummet, crash-dive
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    1. 1.1 Deteriorate suddenly and dramatically.
      ‘massive strikes caused the economy to nosedive’
      • ‘Its share price nosedived from 23c to an all-time low of 4c and it lost the services of two group finance directors.’
      • ‘Individual technology stocks can nosedive up to 70 per cent in a bad week as we saw in the stockmarket meltdown that occurred in March.’
      • ‘Customers stood to lose a large proportion of their capital because the value of the 30 companies plunged as the stock market nosedived.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Predictions that property prices are set to nosedive and warnings from the Central Bank do not appear to be deterring first-time buyers around the country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Enron turned out to be the first of a wave of similar accounting fraud cases which shattered investor confidence and sent stock markets nosediving downwards last year.’
      • ‘The global supply chain was taken by surprise and high-tech shares in New York nosedived as a result.’
      • ‘Furthermore, if the housing market starts to nosedive and mortgage lending slows, new business growth at both firms could dry up, especially when property investors start to get burned.’
      • ‘It's been 17 months since the stock market nosedived in April 2000.’
      • ‘Many committed contractors complain that rates have nosedived.’
      • ‘In the last six months alone, the companies have seen their values collapse by 34% as global share prices have nosedived.’
      • ‘The economy has nosedived since he took power in April, though he has hardly begun the dolorous restructuring he promised.’
      • ‘Green obtained planning permission from Fingal county council for phase one of the project but the out-of-town office market nosedived shortly afterwards.’
      • ‘If you put all your cash into one share and it nosedives, you are in trouble.’
      • ‘Corn prices nosedived because of an expected mass livestock slaughter programme in Europe.’
      • ‘My bodyweight will start to nosedive if I don't watch it those last couple of weeks.’
      • ‘Unemployment nosedived, the economy hummed along and millions of people were lifted out of poverty.’
      • ‘Church leaders in Malmesbury have united in opposing the return of a Sunday market because they fear congregation numbers will nosedive.’
      • ‘His average nosedived because of a sore back that caused him to change the mechanics of his swing.’
      fall sharply, take a nosedive, take a header, drop, sink, plunge, plummet, tumble, slump, go down, decline, subside
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