Delve

Definition of Delve

v. t.1.To dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade.
[imp. & p. p. Delved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Delving.]
Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor.
- Dryden.
2.To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom.
I can not delve him to the root.
- Shak.
v. i.1.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).
n.1.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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