AskDefine | Define delve

Dictionary Definition

delve v : turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration" [syn: dig, cut into, turn over]

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  • /dɛlv/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛlv


  1. To dig the ground, especially with a shovel.
    • 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, chapter 29.
      I got a spade from the tool-house, and began to delve with all my might - it scraped the coffin; I fell to work with my hands; the wood commenced cracking about the screws; I was on the point of attaining my object, when it seemed that I heard a sigh from some one above, close at the edge of the grave, and bending down.
  2. To search thoroughly and carefully for information.
    She was intensely eager to delve into the mystery of Mr. Joplin and his brief case.
  3. To dig, to excavate.
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company, chapter IV.
      Let him take off his plates and delve himself, if delving must be done.


to dig in the ground
to search carefully for information

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Extensive Definition

Delve is a municipality belonging to the Amt Kirchspielslandgemeinde ("collective municipality") Eider in the district Dithmarschen in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany.
The municipality covers an area of 15.85 km². Of the total population of 734, 364 are male, and 374 are female (Dec 31, 2004). The population density of the community is 46 inhabitants per km².

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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