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delve Explained

delve at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


delve at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. delfan "to dig" (class III strong verb; past tense dealf, pp. dolfen), common W.Gmc. verb with cognates in Slavic. Weak inflections emerged 14c.-16c. ///

delve at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [I] [Language: Old English; Origin: delfan 'to dig']//
1 to try to find more information about someone or something: delve into// --research that delves deeply into this issue//
2 [always + adverb/preposition] to search for something by putting your hand deeply into a bag, container etc: delve into/in// --He delved into his pocket and brought out a notebook.//

delve at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

76 Moby Thesaurus words for "delve":
backset, beat the bushes, bore, burrow, cavity, cultivate, culture,
cut, dig, dig out, dike, dredge, dress, drill, drive, excavate,
explore, fallow, fertilize, forage, force, frisk, furrow,
go through, gouge, gouge out, groove, grub, harrow, hoe, hollow,
hunt, list, look around, look round, look through, lower, mine,
mulch, nose around, plow, pocket, poke, poke around, prune, pry,
quarry, rake, research, root, sap, scoop, scoop out, scrabble,
scrape, scratch, search, search through, shovel, sink,
smell around, spade, thin, thin out, till, till the soil, trench,
trough, tunnel, vacancy, vacuity, vacuum, void, weed, weed out,

delve at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Concavity): be concave, cave in, render concave, depress, hollow, scoop, scoop out, gouge, gouge out, dig, delve, excavate, dent, undermine, burrow, tunnel.

delve at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[V +adv./prep.] to search for sth inside a bag, container, etc:
She delved in her handbag for a pen.
delve into sth to try hard to find out more information about sth
She had started to delve into her father's distant past.

Delve at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Delve \Delve\, n. [See {Delve}, v. t., and cf. {Delf} a mine.]
A place dug; a pit; a ditch; a den; a cave.

Which to that shady delve him brought at last.

The very tigers from their delves Look out. --Moore.

Delve \Delve\v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Delved}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Delving}.] [AS. delfan to dig; akin to OS. bidelban to bury,
D. delven to dig, MHG. telben, and possibly to E. dale. Cf.
{Delf} a mine.]
1. To dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade.

Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor.

2. To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom.

I can not delve him to the root. --Shak.

Delve \Delve\, v. i.
To dig or labor with a spade, or as with a spade; to labor as
a drudge.

Delve may I not: I shame to beg. --Wyclif (Luke
xvi. 3).

delve at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Delf \Delf\, n. [AS. delf a delving, digging. See {Delve}.]
A mine; a quarry; a pit dug; a ditch. [Written also {delft},
and {delve}.] [Obs.]

The delfts would be so flown with waters, that no gins
or machines could . . . keep them dry. --Ray.

delve at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v : turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over
the soil for aeration" [syn: {dig}, {cut into}, {turn

delve at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: was wotd » 2007|May|17


From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » delven|lang=enm, Inter: term » delfan||to dig, examine, bury, imbed, implant|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » delfan||to dig, dig out, burrow, bury|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro Inter: recons » delbanan|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro Inter: recons » dʰelbʰ-||to dig|lang=ine-pro.


* Inter: IPA » /dɛlv/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-delve.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ɛlv


    Inter: en-verb » delves|delving|delved or obsolete dalf|delved or obsolete dolven

  • Inter: intransitiv » e To dig the ground, especially with a shovel.
    1. 1381, John Ball
    2. : When Adam dalf and Eve span, / Who was then a gentleman?
    3. Inter: RQ:Bronte Wuthering » XXIX
    4. : I got a spade from the tool-house, and began to delve with all my might - it scraped the coffin; I fell to work with my hands; the wood commenced cracking about the screws; I was on the point of attaining my object, when it seemed that I heard a sigh from some one above, close at the edge of the grave, and bending down.
    5. Inter: ambitransitiv » e To search thoroughly and carefully for information, research, dig into, penetrate, fathom, trace out
    6. 1609-11, Shakespeare, Cymbeline, King of Britain
    7. : I cannot delve him to the root.
    8. 1943, Emile C. Tepperman, Calling Justice, Inc.!
    9. : She was intensely eager to delve into the mystery of Mr. Joplin and his brief case.
    10. Inter: ambitransitiv » e To dig, to excavate.
    11. ca. 1260, Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend
    12. : And then they made an oratory behind the altar, and would have dolven for to have laid the body in that oratory ...
    13. 1891, Category: w - :Arthur Conan Doyle|Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company, chapter IV
    14. : Let him take off his plates and delve himself, if delving must be done.


      * Inter: sense » to dig the ground dig

  • Inter: sense » to search thoroughly investigate, research

    Derived terms

    * delver
  • indelve

    Related terms

    * dolven


    Inter: trans-top » to dig in the ground
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|копая
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|grave
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|delven
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kaivaa
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|ás

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Icelandic: grafa (með skóflu, with a shovel), moka
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|cavar
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|рыть, Inter: t+ » ru|копать

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to search carefully for information
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|ровя се
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|dykke ned i

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|penkoa, Inter: t+ » fi|tutkia, Inter: t+ » fi|paneutua
  • Icelandic: rannsaka, kanna

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • Inter: context » now|_|rare A pit or den.
    1. 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.iii:
    2. : the wise Merlin whylome wont (they say) / To make his wonne, low vnderneath the ground, / In a deepe delue, farre from the vew of day ....


      * devel



    Inter: head » nl
  • Inter: nl-verb-form » n=sg|t=pres|m=subj|delven


    * velde

  • Translation: cs » delve
    Translation: et » delve
    Translation: el » delve
    Translation: fr » delve
    Translation: ko » delve
    Translation: io » delve
    Translation: it » delve
    Translation: kn » delve
    Translation: hu » delve
    Translation: mg » delve
    Translation: my » delve
    Translation: pl » delve
    Translation: pt » delve
    Translation: fi » delve
    Translation: te » delve
    Translation: vi » delve
    Translation: zh » delve