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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
diving bell
diving board
Dumpster diving
scuba diving
▪ All watersports, with the exception of scuba diving and deep sea fishing are complimentary to guests of the hotel.
▪ As well as soaking up the sun, Emma says she's particularly looking forward to scuba diving and swimming in Stingray City.
▪ a diving competition
▪ A week before I was there, storms lashed the coastline - diving would have been miserable, even if possible.
▪ All deep diving beyond 50 metres requires a schedule six diving bell which can carry two or three divers.
▪ All watersports, with the exception of scuba diving and deep sea fishing are complimentary to guests of the hotel.
▪ I feel, even now, there is too much prejudice and politics in diving.
▪ It's about time that most of these types were out of diving.
▪ It was such a laugh, so many theatricals all diving into the buffet.
▪ Once in the water the diving followed a tortuous corkscrewing route reaching a maximum depth of 34.5 metres.
▪ Some doctors advise against riding and diving.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

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

    Note: 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.


Diving \Div"ing\, a. That dives or is used or diving.

Diving beetle (Zo["o]l.), any beetle of the family Dytiscid[ae], 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.

  1. That or who dives or dive. n. 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. v

  2. (present participle of dive English)

  1. n. an athletic competition that involves diving into water [syn: diving event]

  2. a headlong plunge into water [syn: dive]


Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, usually while performing acrobatics. Diving is an internationally recognized sport that is part of the Olympic Games. In addition, unstructured and non-competitive diving is a recreational pastime.

Diving is one of the most popular Olympic sports with spectators. Competitors possess many of the same characteristics as gymnasts and dancers, including strength, flexibility, kinaesthetic judgment and air awareness. Some professional divers were originally gymnasts or dancers as both the sports have similar characteristics to diving.

Diving (ice hockey)

Diving (also called embellishment) is a term used in ice hockey to describe a player trying to get the attention of the referee by embellishing an infraction from an opposing player in an attempt to draw a penalty. Usually, when diving is called a player from each team receives a penalty, one for diving and the other for the initial infraction, but this is not required.

Diving (association football)

In association football, diving is an attempt by a player to gain an unfair advantage by falling to the ground and possibly feigning an injury, to give the impression that a foul has been committed. Dives are often used to exaggerate the amount of contact present in a challenge. Deciding on whether a player has dived is often very subjective, and one of the most controversial aspects of football discussion. Players do this so they can receive free kicks or penalty kicks, which can provide scoring opportunities, or so the opposing player receives a yellow or red card, giving their own team an advantage. Diving is also known as flopping, simulation (the term used by FIFA), and Schwalbe (German for swallow).

Usage examples of "diving".

The water boiled around Abo as the shark thrashed, but Abo stayed on and, holding the stick like handlebars, he pulled back to keep the shark from diving and steered him into the shallow water of the reef, where the other men waited with their knives drawn.

In diving, the addled serpent whacked the hull so hard that Adira felt the blow at the stern.

The Diving Officer and bowplanesman were struggling to maintain depth control in spite of the odd effects of their rooster-tail wake aft and the shallow-bottom venturi force amidships.

To get them, he needed Carlos Alcazar, the commander of El Diablo prison, who provided him with slaves for diving.

We have managed once, briefly, to send humans to that depth in a sturdy diving vessel, yet it is home to colonies of amphipods, a type of crustacean similar to shrimp but transparent, which survive without any protection at all.

We learned that another man had been with him, a man carrying an aqualung diving outfit.

At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam.

A small, flat-bottomed green-anodized aluminum bateau approached from a side channel, the harsh drone of its outboard motor enough to shoo the diving pelican away.

Bel diving over the intervening Betan and landing on him in a smothering clutch.

Then man burst his bidimensional limits, and invaded the third dimension, soaring with Montgolfier into the clouds, and sinking with a diving bell into the purple treasure-caves of the waters.

He realized it even before the diving boat pulled out from the Flamingo Hotel in Bonaire, a flat jewel of an island in the Netherlands Antilles.

As Chubby and I freed the motors, Angelo and Sherry lashed the folds of the tarpaulin over the open deck to secure the equipment, and then used the nylon diving lines to tie down the irreplaceable scuba sets and the waterproof cases that contained my medical kit and tools.

He learned sword-fighting and riding, swimming and diving, how to shoot with the bow and play on the recorder and the theorbo, how to hunt the stag and cut him up when he was dead, besides Cosmography, Rhetoric, Heraldry, Versification, and of course History, with a little Law, Physic, Alchemy, and Astronomy.

Free of the confining womb of stone, the drack gracefully climbed higher in the sky, before folding its wings close to its body and diving down the mountain path.

One of these evaginations followed the route they had taken on their way to the diving party, and Kerans felt his step quicken as they approached the planetarium.