1. several; various; sundry: divers articles.


  1. (used with a plural verb) an indefinite number more than one: He chose divers of them, who were asked to accompany him.


  1. a person or thing that dives.
  2. a person who makes a business of diving, as for pearl oysters or to examine sunken vessels.
  3. British. a loon.
  4. any of several other birds noted for their skill in diving.


  1. archaic, or literary
    1. various; sundry; some
    2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural)divers of them


  1. a person or thing that dives
  2. a person who works or explores underwater
  3. Also called: loom any aquatic bird of the genus Gavia, family Gaviidae, and order Gaviiformes of northern oceans, having a straight pointed bill, small wings, and a long body: noted for swiftness and skill in swimming and divingUS and Canadian name: loon
  4. any of various other diving birds
  5. soccer slang a player who pretends to have been tripped or impeded by an opposing player in order to win a free kick or penalty

mid-13c., “not alike” (sense now in diverse); late 13c., “separate, distinct; various,” from Old French divers (11c.) “different, various, singular, odd, exceptional, wretched, treacherous, perverse,” from Latin diversus “turned different ways,” in Late Latin “various,” past participle of divertere (see divert).

Sense of “several, numerous” is recorded from c.1300, referring “originally and in form to the variety of objects; but, as variety implies number, becoming an indefinite numeral word expressing multiplicity” [OED], a sense that emerged by c.1400.


c.1500, agent noun from dive (v.).

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