What does delve mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dig, delve, cut into, turn oververb

    turn up, loosen, or remove earth

    "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration"


  1. delvenoun

    A pit or den.

  2. delveverb

    To dig the ground, especially with a shovel.

  3. delveverb

    To search thoroughly and carefully for information, research, dig into, penetrate, fathom, trace out

  4. delveverb

    To dig, to excavate.

  5. Etymology: delven delfan, from delfan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Delvenoun

    A ditch; a pitfal; a den; a cave.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He by and by
    His feeble feet directed to the cry;
    Which to that shady delve him brought at last,
    Where Mammon earst did sun his treasury. Fairy Queen.

    Such a light and metall’d dance
    Saw you never yet in France;
    And by landmen, for the nonce,
    That turn round like grindle-stones,
    Which they dig out fro’ the delves,
    For their bairns bread, wives, and selves. Ben Jonson.

  2. To DELVEverb

    Etymology: delfan , Sax. delven, Dut. perhaps from δελφαξ, a hog. Junius.

    It shall go hard
    But I will delve one yard below the mines,
    And blow them at the moon. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor;
    With temper’d clay then fill and face it o’er. John Dryden, Georg.

    Besides, the filthy swine will oft invade
    Thy firm inclosure, and with delving snout
    The rooted forest undermine. Philips.

    What’s his name and birth?
    —— I cannot delve him to the root: his father
    Was call’d Sicillius. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delveverb

    to dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade

  2. Delveverb

    to dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom

  3. Delveverb

    to dig or labor with a spade, or as with a spade; to labor as a drudge

  4. Delveverb

    a place dug; a pit; a ditch; a den; a cave

  5. Etymology: [See Delve, v. t., and cf. Delf a mine.]


  1. Delve

    Delve is a municipality belonging to the Amt Kirchspielslandgemeinde Eider in the district Dithmarschen in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany. The municipality covers an area of 15.85 km². Of a total population of 734, 364 are male, 374 are female. The population density of the community is 46 /km².

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delve

    delv, v.t. and v.i. to dig with a spade.—n. (Spens.) a place dug out, a ditch, a cave.—n. Delv′er. [A.S. delfan, to dig; conn. with dale, dell.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delve in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of delve in a Sentence

  1. Zil Goldstein:

    Trans youth are trying to learn about sexual health and transitions. It can't be vague. It has to delve into some of the details. youTube lets people get more detailed information and find out more about how to transition, and ways to live a healthy life.

  2. Simon Portegies Zwart:

    We now know that our method works, but we would certainly like to delve deeper in the research with a better neural network and with more input, the tricky part is that small disruptions in the orbit calculations can lead to major changes in the conclusions.

  3. Whoopi Goldberg:

    This wasn’t based on the skin, you couldn’t tell who was Jewish. They had to delve deeply to figure it out… My point is, they had to do the work.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    Trump said during a press briefing on the coronavirus response.McConnell, for his part, touted in Senate floor remarks Monday the $8.3 billion emergency spending package signed into law last week, but didn't delve into potential future policy considerations. He urged calm as the federal government continues its efforts to get its arms around the growing spread of the virus. Read More'With calm and confidence, all Americans — all of us — should continue to listen to the experts, take their advice, and take common-sense steps to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.

  5. David Axelrod:

    Former presidents tend not to delve too deeply into politics and certainly not the politics of their successors, i think that was his plan, but Donald Trump changed that plan.

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    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
    • A. interrupt
    • B. emerge
    • C. jeopardize
    • D. fudge

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