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Meaning of diving by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: dīvʹĭng, IPA: /ˈdaɪvɪŋ/, X-SAMPA: /"daIvIN/
    • Rhymes: -aɪvɪŋ



    1. Present participle of dive .


    diving ( uncountable )

    1. The action of the verb to dive in any sense .
    2. The sport of jumping head first into water .
    3. The practice of swimming underwater, especially using a scuba system, and especially for recreation .
    4. ( attributive, as a modifier ) Of, relating to or used in diving ( jumping into water ) .
    5. ( attributive, as a modifier ) Of, relating to or used in diving ( swimming underwater ) .

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    diving ( not comparable )

    1. That or who dives or dive .

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Explanation of diving by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a headlong plunge into water

    2. an athletic competition that involves diving into water

    Definition of diving by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Dive v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dived colloq. Dove a relic of the AS. strong forms deáf, dofen; p. pr. & vb. n. Diving.] [OE. diven, duven, AS. dfan to sink, v. t., fr. dfan, v. i.; akin to Icel. dfa, 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.

      It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men have dived for them. Whately.

      ☞ The colloquial form dove is common in the United States as an imperfect tense form.

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

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

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

    2. Diving a. That dives or is used or diving.

      Diving beetle ( Zool. ), any beetle of the family Dytiscidæ, which habitually lives under water; -- called also water tiger. -- Diving bell, a hollow inverted vessel, sometimes bell-shaped, in which men may descend and work under water, respiration being sustained by the compressed air at the top, by fresh air pumped in through a tube from above. -- Diving dress. See Submarine armor, under Submarine. -- Diving stone, a kind of jasper.