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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  --Whately. 
 
  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. 
  --South. 




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