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Meaning of DELVE

Pronunciation:  delv

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration"

DELVE is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: cut into, dig, turn over
 See Also: burrow, dig in, dig out, dig up, excavate, furrow, groove, pitch in, remove, root, rootle, rout, rut, shovel, spade, take, take away, trowel, tunnel, turn up, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Delve\v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Delved}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Delving}.] [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.]
    1. To dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade.
             Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor.
    2. To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom.
             I can not delve him to the root.      --Shak.
  2. \Delve\, v. i.
    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.         --Wyclif (Luke
                                                   xvi. 3).
  3. \Delve\, n. [See {Delve}, v. t., and cf. {Delf} a mine.]
    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. --Moore.
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