• The Great Northern Diver
    The Great Northern Diver
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n diver large somewhat primitive fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere having webbed feet placed far back; related to the grebes
    • n diver someone who dives (into water)
    • n diver someone who works underwater
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Red-throated Diver Red-throated Diver

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: While fighting with the French underground during World War II, Jacques-Yves Cousteau invented the aqualung, the self-contained device that supplies air under pressure for underwater divers.
    • Diver (Zoöl) Any bird of certain genera, as Urinatorformerly Colymbus), or the allied genus Colymbus, or Podiceps, remarkable for their agility in diving.
    • Diver Fig.: One who goes deeply into a subject, study, or business. "A diver into causes."
    • Diver One who, or that which, dives. "Divers and fishers for pearls."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Young priests of the island of Leukas, Greece, to qualify for service at the temple of Apollo, were required in ancient Greece to don the wings of an eagle and plunge from Cape Dukato into the sea, a dive of 230 feet. It was assumed that the gods would eliminate those unfit, but no diver was ever injured, although the ordeal was performed for centuries.
    • n diver One who or that which dives or plunges into water.
    • n diver Specifically— One who makes a business of diving, as for pearl-oysters, to examine sunken vessels, etc. See submarine armor, under armor.
    • n diver A bird that habitually dives, as a loon, grebe, auk, or penguin; specifically, one or any of the birds variously known as Brachypterœ, Mergitores, Urinatores, Pygopodes, or Spheniscomorphœ. The term is especially applied to the loons, family Colymbidœ (which see). There are three leading species: the great northern diver, Colymbus torquatus; the black-throated diver, C. arcticus; and the red-throated diver, C. septentrionalis. All three inhabit the northern hemisphere generally, and are noted not only for their quickness in diving, but also for the length of time they remain and the distance they traverse under water, in which they move both by swimming with the feet and by paddling with the wings. See loon. Also diving-bird.
    • n diver One who plunges into or engages deeply in anything.
    • n diver See dyvour.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To a human, one giant octopus looks virtually the same as any other of the same size and species. This explains why divers claim to have seen the same octopus occupy a den for ten or more years. But an octopus seldom lives longer than four years.
    • n Diver one who dives: a pearl-diver: one who works from a diving-bell or in a diving-dress beneath water: a bird expert at diving—specifically, the genus diver or loon of northern seas—loosely, auks, grebes, penguins, &c.:
    • n Diver (slang) a pickpocket
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dýfan, dúfan; Ice. dýfa. See Dip.


In literature:

This clerk of Picardy knew divers matters, and was acquainted with sundry state documents.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
He was distracted by that phenomenon, and so he transgressed the diver's rule of never becoming so absorbed in surroundings as to forget caution.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
It was going to be no easy matter to get her free, but the divers lost no time.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
Lilith was feared by divers nations.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Amongst our water-loving birds there are few that can rival the great Northern Diver.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Hanging on the walls were numerous helmets, such as divers wear, and a number of guns reposed on hooks.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
While they were thus engaged, who should come into the bazaar but Nat Cringle, and with him their old friend the Irish diver?
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
There wasn't anything peculiar about these divers.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
The river is named Kuala Besut, and we'll probably stay there a couple of weeks or more, using divers.
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
Besides, I use native divers, men who, even without protection, can descend to almost unbelievable distances.
"Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope" by Victor Appleton

In poetry:

By the sad waters of separation
Where we have wandered by divers ways,
I have but the shadow and imitation
Of the old memorial days.
"Exile" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Years have rolled on since that happened,
Time soothed the widow's pain.
One morning she met a diver
And the girl's mother married again.
"Nell" by Billy Bennett
Hence though earth's dunghill I embrace,
I sit with him in heav'nly place.
In divers distant orbs I move,
Inthrall'd below, inthron'd above.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
With curious fruit-trees brought from far;
With cisterns for the winter rain;
And in the desert, spacious inns
In divers places--if that pain
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
DIVE, O diver, and bring
A pearl for her throat;
Dip, O fisher, and sing
Lying afloat;
Thus perchance in your net
You may find the magic ring.
" The Gift Divine" by Annie Adams Fields
OTHERS have divers paints and enamels,
Lavish and bright on breast and wing feathers:
You, Guatemalan, have sunken all colours
Into glory of greenness!
"The Resplendent Quetzal-Bird" by Padraic Colum

In news:

"This will not be like every other night out," promises DJ Diver.
Divers were only allowed to use their dive knives to carve the pumpkins, and they had to be completely submerged.
The Foothill Divers is the third largest club in the Piedmont Diving Rescue Association.
Cassie 's 'Sky Diver' Leaks Lil Wayne has gotten plenty of flak for his oft-delayed album Rebirth, but another.
Police say 33-year-old Bruce Brewer was an experienced hiker and diver, but they say the Climax caves are difficult for anyone to navigate, even a pro.
An ERRP volunteer diver looks for salmon and steelhead.
Thomas Jefferson HS divers Shelby and Monica Church also YouTube sensations.
The X will guide divers to where the flap can be found in the mat.
In what's possibly the largest Asian clam control project in the nation, divers will place thin rubber mats on about 5 acres of infested lake floor at the mouth of Emerald Bay, in an effort to smother the fast-growing clams .
The work is labor-intensive, requiring divers to spread plastic mats on acres of sandy lake bottom to smother the tiny mollusks.
Factory Trained diver / technician inspecting potential damage to the pitch control system on the tunnel thruster.
I've been a certified SCUBA diver since I was 12 and once thought I'd be a marine biologist (that is until I took Biology).
Divers find body believed to be missing platform crew member .
Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed gracefully on Earth after a 24-mile jump Sunday from the stratosphere in a daring , dramatic feat that officials said made him the first sky diver to fall faster than the speed of sound.
Releasing Deluxe Version of "Arc of a Diver".

In science:

La logique lin ´eaire appliqu ´ee `a l’ ´etude de divers processus de normalisation et principalement du lambda calcul.
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
La logique lin ´eaire appliqu ´ee `a l’ ´etude de divers processus de normalisation et principalement du lambda calcul.
Simple multiplicative proof nets with units
This model is relevant to real car parking as it represents the tendency of the driver to keep a distance from the nearest parked car by repulsion between gas particles and the tendency of the divers to park their cars close to each other by the single-particle harmonic-oscillator potential.
Modelling gap-size distribution of parked cars using random-matrix theory
Borel, Sur les chiffres d´ecimaux de √2 et divers probl`emes de probabilit´es en chaˆıne, C. R.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
Duplantier, “ Le mouvement brownien, divers et ondoyant ” in S´eminaire Poincar´e “ Einstein, 1905-2005 ; see also “ Le mouvement brownien en physique, les polym`eres et leur relation avec les ph´enom`enes critiques” Soci´et´e Math´ematique de France (1989). M.V.
Random walks and polymers in the presence of quenched disorder