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Delve \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.


n. The act of one who delves. vb. (present participle of delve English)

Usage examples of "delving".

Such riches as the over mountain lords had never chanced upon with all their delving and wracking in their own land.

Seer who spent well above the average amount of time at the sharp end of delving, actually with the Nasqueron Dwellers.

Real Delving, hands metaphorically dirty, became the norm, not the exception.

I always thought delving would be the death of me but I assumed it would be an equipment failure, not something like this.

Seers - half of them men, half of them women, all of them greyly deferential - and, bringing up the rear, the gangly, smiling form of Paggs Yurnvic, a Seer whom Fassin had helped teach but who, having spent less time subsequently in the slowness of actual delving than Fassin had, was now older in both adjusted time and appearance.

It was thought that I would be remote delving with you and your colleagues, from the Shared Facility on the Third Fury moon.

He was, in effect, delving, stopped right down to talk to something that made a deep, slow-timing Dweller look like a speed-freak.

Matter of fact, probably the last bit of R and R he got before delving into Nasq.

Deep Delving and sold as if he were a bolt of cloth, would not allow him to give up the idea.

Deep Delving and the Smoking Mountain, and I employ some eleven freemen in my own name, so I trust you will address me accordingly.

He was too ill to tell me their names, or how he came to be in Deep Delving, where I met him, but I promised to find them, and to tell them how he died.

Deep Delving, the vast fortune that had fallen into his possession, and his admission to the society of near-immortals, signs that his life had a purpose beyond mere survival.

Deep Delving after he sold you, but he would know what you saw in Obsidian.

That nest of corpulent vipers had long been used to taking their ease, content with their delving into their store of old spelling and encirclement.

Soon, only the most careful Delving would tell that anything had been done, and not even that would identify the weave.