delver


delver

verb (used without object), delved, delv·ing.

  1. to carry on intensive and thorough research for data, information, or the like; investigate: to delve into the issue of prison reform.
  2. Archaic. to dig, as with a spade.

verb (used with object), delved, delv·ing.

  1. Archaic. to dig; excavate.

verb (mainly intr; often foll by in or into)

  1. to inquire or research deeply or intensively (for information, etc)he delved in the Bible for quotations
  2. to search or rummage (in a drawer, the pockets, etc)
  3. (esp of an animal) to dig or burrow deeply (into the ground, etc)
  4. (also tr) archaic, or dialect to dig or turn up (earth, a garden, etc), as with a spade
v.

Old English delfan “to dig” (class III strong verb; past tense dealf, past participle dolfen), common West Germanic verb (cf. Old Saxon delban, Dutch delven, Middle High German telben “to dig”), from PIE root *dhelbh- (cf. Lithuanian delba “crowbar,” Russian dolbit’, Czech dlabati, Polish dłubać “to chisel;” Russian dolotó, Czech dlato, Polish dłuto “chisel”). Weak inflections emerged 14c.-16c. Related: Delved; delving.

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