American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To search deeply and laboriously: delved into the court records.
- v. To dig the ground, as with a spade.
- v. Archaic To dig (ground) with a spade.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dig; turn up or excavate with a spade or some other tool.
- To bury.
- To practise digging; labor with the spade.
- Figuratively, to carry on laborious or continued research or investigation, as one digging for hidden treasure.
- n. A place dug or hollowed out; a pitfall; a ditch; a den; a cave.
- n. That which is dug out: as, a delve of coals (a certain quantity of coal dug from a mine).
- v. intransitive To dig the ground, especially with a shovel.
- v. transitive, intransitive To search thoroughly and carefully for information, research, dig into, penetrate, fathom, trace out
- v. transitive, intransitive To dig, to excavate.
- n. A pit or den.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade.
- v. To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom.
- v. To dig or labor with a spade, or as with a spade; to labor as a drudge.
- n. A place dug; a pit; a ditch; a den; a cave.
- v. turn up, loosen, or remove earth
- From Middle English delven, delfan ("to dig, examine, bury, imbed, implant"), from Old English delfan ("to dig, dig out, burrow, bury"), from Proto-Germanic *delbanan, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰelbʰ- (“to dig”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English delven, to dig, from Old English delfan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I didn't mean for this post to once again delve into my mind, but it's a journal, so who cares?”
“He and Michelle can go back to their hateful church and once again delve into their bitter circle of friends that hate America.”
“Fan fiction has become so popular that itÂ’s only a matter of a quick search before you can once again delve into the lives of the fictional characters youÂ’ve grown to love.”
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“The Beatles" version exclusively explores the Fab Four's extensive archive, while the other two titles delve into the vast genre of rock 'n' roll.”
“Newspaper reporters don't "delve" anymore . . . the age of Woodward and Bernstein is long dead.”
“BRODY: They had to deal with that, and so they're reticent to a certain degree to kind of delve into some of the faith issues as it relates to the political environment, if you will, because they know that he can get a lot of backlash.”
“I mean, one of the reasons I took it is because I wanted to kind of delve into something a little bit more serious, a little bit more dramatic than I had been doing.”
“Q Mike, just getting back to tomorrow, could you kind of delve into what's so important about the climate change --”
“As I started to kind of delve into the question rather more, it dawned on me that this period that I had arrived at the end of -- the period from 1945 to the early 1970s -- was not normal, was not the way America usually was, but was, on the contrary, a huge aberration, a massive stroke of luck.”
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