from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that dives.
  • noun One that works under water, especially one equipped with breathing apparatus and weighted clothing.
  • noun Any of several diving waterbirds, especially the loon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See dyvour.
  • noun One who or that which dives or plunges into water.
  • noun Specifically— One who makes a business of diving, as for pearl-oysters, to examine sunken vessels, etc. See submarine armor, under armor.
  • noun 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.
  • noun One who plunges into or engages deeply in anything.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, dives.
  • noun Fig.: One who goes deeply into a subject, study, or business.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any bird of certain genera, as Urinator (formerly Colymbus), or the allied genus Colymbus, or Podiceps, remarkable for their agility in diving.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun someone who dives, especially as a sport
  • noun someone who works underwater; a frogman
  • noun the loon (bird)
  • noun The New Zealand sand diver
  • noun The Long-finned sand diver

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who dives (into water)
  • noun large somewhat primitive fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere having webbed feet placed far back; related to the grebes
  • noun someone who works underwater


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  • (noun) - A pickpocket; also applied to fingers, no doubt for a similar reason. To dive is to pick pockets. --John Camden Hotten's Slang Dictionary, 1887

    April 22, 2018