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v. delved, delv·ing, delves
1. To search deeply and laboriously: delved through the court records.
a. To research or make inquiries into something: scientists delving into gene regulation.
b. To undertake an activity or occupation undeterred by difficulty or uncertainty: delved into writing a blog.
c. To discuss or explain something, especially in detail: The article delves into the problems facing the banking system.
3. To enter or move into an area in which movement is difficult: The explorers delved into the forest.
4. To dig the ground, as with a spade.
Archaic To dig (ground) with a spade.

[Middle English delven, to dig, from Old English delfan.]

delv′er n.
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And so, as we have said, the iron gate leading into the kitchen-garden had been closed up and left to the rust, which bade fair before long to eat off its hinges, while to prevent the ignoble glances of the diggers and delvers of the ground from presuming to sully the aristocratic enclosure belonging to the mansion, the gate had been boarded up to a height of six feet.
There we stood and shrieked with laughter over the gems that were ours, which had been found for /us/ thousands of years ago by the patient delvers in the great hole yonder, and stored for /us/ by Solomon's long-dead overseer, whose name, perchance, was written in the characters stamped on the faded wax that yet adhered to the lids of the chest.
It uses the moves of a martial arts expert who mimics a drunkard to confuse his enemies and delvers the fatal blow.
"I cannot envisage consent being given by Wales unless the UK both secures access to the single market and delvers solid assurances to our citizens from other EU countries."
The new model, already arriving in Ford dealerships across the region, is the most powerful and fuel-efficient Ford Expedition, with a 3.5-liter EcoBoostV6 engine that delvers 365bhp and best-in-class torque of 420lbs.-ft., and more technology than ever.
Humanity, in the Borinage, meant working people: miners and farm labourers, diggers and delvers. Shovels feature prominently in his early images, whether lying on the ground under a wayside crucifix in the proto-Symbolist drawing The Bearers of the Burden (1881; Fig.