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  4  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dove  \Dove\,  n.  [OE.  dove,  duve,  douve,  AS  d?fe;  akin  to  OS 
  d?ba,  D.  duif,  OHG.  t?ba,  G.  taube,  Icel.  d?fa,  Sw  dufva 
  Dan.  due,  Goth.  d?b?;  perh.  from  the  root  of  E.  dive.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  pigeon  of  the  genus  {Columba}  and  various 
  related  genera.  The  species  are  numerous. 
 
  Note:  The  domestic  dove,  including  the  varieties  called 
  {fantails},  {tumblers},  {carrier  pigeons},  etc.,  was 
  derived  from  the  {rock  pigeon}  ({Columba  livia})  of 
  Europe  and  Asia;  the  {turtledove}  of  Europe,  celebrated 
  for  its  sweet,  plaintive  note,  is  {C.  turtur}  or 
  {Turtur  vulgaris};  the  {ringdove},  the  largest  of 
  European  species,  is  {C.  palumbus};  the  {Carolina 
  dove},  or  {Mourning  dove},  is  {Zenaidura  macroura};  the 
  {sea  dove}  is  the  little  auk  ({Mergulus  alle}  or  {Alle 
  alle}).  See  {Turtledove},  {Ground  dove},  and  {Rock 
  pigeon}.  The  dove  is  a  symbol  of  innocence,  gentleness, 
  and  affection;  also  in  art  and  in  the  Scriptures,  the 
  typical  symbol  of  the  Holy  Ghost. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dove 
  n  1:  any  of  numerous  small  pigeons 
  2:  someone  who  prefers  negotiations  to  armed  conflict  in  the 
  conduct  of  foreign  relations  [syn:  {peacenik}]  [ant:  {hawk}] 
  3:  flesh  of  a  pigeon  suitable  for  roasting  or  braising;  flesh 
  of  a  dove  (young  squab)  may  be  broiled  [syn:  {squab}] 
  4:  an  emblem  of  peace 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Dove 
  In  their  wild  state  doves  generally  build  their  nests  in  the 
  clefts  of  rocks,  but  when  domesticated  "dove-cots"  are  prepared 
  for  them  (Cant.  2:14;  Jer.  48:28;  Isa.  60:8).  The  dove  was 
  placed  on  the  standards  of  the  Assyrians  and  Babylonians  in 
  honour,  it  is  supposed,  of  Semiramis  (Jer.  25:38;  Vulg., 
  "fierceness  of  the  dove;"  comp.  Jer.  46:16;  50:16).  Doves  and 
  turtle-doves  were  the  only  birds  that  could  be  offered  in 
  sacrifice,  as  they  were  clean  according  to  the  Mosaic  law  (Ge. 
  15:9;  Lev.  5:7;  12:6;  Luke  2:24).  The  dove  was  the  harbinger  of 
  peace  to  Noah  (Gen.  8:8,  10).  It  is  often  mentioned  as  the 
  emblem  of  purity  (Ps.  68:13).  It  is  a  symbol  of  the  Holy  Spirit 
  (Gen.  1:2;  Matt.  3:16;  Mark  1:10;  Luke  3:22;  John  1:32);  also  of 
  tender  and  devoted  affection  (Cant.  1:15;  2:14).  David  in  his 
  distress  wished  that  he  had  the  wings  of  a  dove,  that  he  might 
  fly  away  and  be  at  rest  (Ps.  55:6-8).  There  is  a  species  of  dove 
  found  at  Damascus  "whose  feathers,  all  except  the  wings,  are 
  literally  as  yellow  as  gold"  (68:13). 
 




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