• WordNet 3.6
    • v delve turn up, loosen, or remove earth "Dig we must","turn over the soil for aeration"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Delve 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."
    • Delve To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom. "I can not delve him to the root."
    • v. i Delve 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."
    • Delve To dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade. "Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • delve To dig; turn up or excavate with a spade or some other tool.
    • delve To bury.
    • delve To practise digging; labor with the spade.
    • delve Figuratively, to carry on laborious or continued research or investigation, as one digging for hidden treasure.
    • n delve A place dug or hollowed out; a pitfall; a ditch; a den; a cave.
    • n delve That which is dug out: as, a delve of coals (a certain quantity of coal dug from a mine).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Delve delv to dig with a spade
    • n Delve (Spens.) a place dug out, a ditch, a cave
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

What was the mystery into which she was blindly delving?
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
No, it is not good to delve into the dark pages of such folks' lives too closely, unless armored with impenetrable callousness.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Closing the door carefully, he delved into the bottom of his locker and brought out a flask.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
His greed conquered fear, and he delved deep into a coffer, chattering the while with frenzy.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Set Wolfgang to manage, and the rest of us to dig and delve.
"Jessica, the Heiress" by Evelyn Raymond
Sykes dropped his delving into astronomical lore and answered to the call, but there was no other assistance.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
But he cannot enter their minds and delve among their motives.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
We delve for our power, and it is all barbarous and unhandsome.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
But he could delve and study.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He was evidently delving into the clouded realm of memory.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer

In poetry:

'Tis not to dig the grave,
Where the dying miner delves;
'Tis not to toil for others
But to labour for yourselves.
"Our Summons" by Ernest Jones
He lov'd to delve the darksome dell
Where never pierc'd a ray,
There to the wailing night-bird tell,
'How love was turn'd to clay.'
"Will, The Maniac" by Washington Allston
And still for fame men delve and die
In Afric heat and Arctic cold;
For fame on flood and field they vie,
Or gather in the shining gold.
"Fame" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Oh, could I now dive
Into the unexplored deeps of me - Delve and bring up and give
All that is submerged, encased, unfolded,
That is yet the best.
"Submerged" by Lola Ridge
``The Teuton hither hies to teach,
To prove, disprove, to delve and probe.
Fool! Pedant! Does he think to reach
The deep foundations of the globe?''
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
There were grave-diggers delving, they brought up bones,
And with rage and grief
All the players shouted in full, kingly tones,
Grand, passing belief.
"After The Play" by Robert Graves

In news:

Before delving into the details of the pop-up a little background on the Navajo Taco is probably in order.
Looking at delving into the world of vinyl, just about to purchase what seems to be the best entry level turntable the Pro-ject Debut Carbon.
On this blog our correspondents delve into the politics, economics and culture of the continent of Africa.
As we delve into the Chick-fil-A debate, we wonder what would Oral Roberts think.
Darwin's Diary Delve into Darwin's secret inner world.
NY1 political reporter Josh Robin delves into his series,"Tangled Web," which looks at how orthodox Jews are dealing with the internet.
Mad Cow's intelligent production of August: Osage County delves into domestic bitterness with razor-sharp wit and precise comic timing.
We delved into Palm 's new handset and OS and found things we liked--and a few things we didn't.
Hank Millan, a veteran of the Korean War, has requested me to delve into this travesty.
Join Anton and delve into the mystery that is Pop .
Woodrow Wilson Delve into the personal life and political accomplishments of our 28th President.
Several lighting fixture manufacturers delved into the portable category at the January shows, looking to add on a natural extension to business.
We delved into Palm's new handset and OS and found things we liked--and a few things we didn't.
When delving into the ever-changing world of social media, Facebook is the first stop for most organizations.
In the first installment of Kitchen Alchemy, the team delves into the science of pressure cookers in the name of sunflower seed "risotto".

In science:

Our hope is that these comments will help some students who are struggling with field theory or perhaps further motivate those who are enthusiastically waiting to delve into the sub ject.
Making Sense of the Legendre Transform
It turns out that this definition is actually equivalent to the one we gave in the first paper, though we will not delve into the details of the equivalence now.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
It will, however, become more apparent as we delve further into differential geometry.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
The "meaning" of this construction of cohomology is similar to the meaning of the d cohomology of section 3.3, and we won’t delve into the details here,23 other than to point out that d mapped n forms to n + 1 forms, and d† maps n forms to n − 1 forms, which changes the direction of the d† cohomology.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
Although we delved into different applications and application domains, the computer science research goals of our team has remained centered on the same sub ject for years.
Different goals in multiscale simulations and how to reach them