To dig the ground, especially with a shovel.
* 1381 , John Ball
- When Adam dalf and Eve span, / Who was then a gentleman?
- Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor.
(ambitransitive) To search thoroughly and carefully for information, research, dig into, penetrate, fathom, trace out
* 1609-11 , Shakespeare, Cymbeline, King of Britain
- 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.
* 1943 , Emile C. Tepperman, Calling Justice, Inc.!
- I cannot delve him to the root.
(ambitransitive) To dig, to excavate.
* ca. 1260 , Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend
- She was intensely eager to delve into the mystery of Mr. Joplin and his brief case.
* 1891 , , The White Company , chapter IV
- And then they made an oratory behind the altar, and would have dolven for to have laid the body in that oratory ...
- Let him take off his plates and delve' himself, if ' delving must be done.
* (to dig the ground) dig
* (to search thoroughly) investigate, research
A pit or den.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.iii:
- the wise Merlin whylome wont (they say) / To make his wonne, low vnderneath the ground, / In a deepe delue , farre from the vew of day [...].
From (etyl) divin, from (etyl) .
of or pertaining to a god
eternal, holy, or otherwise godlike.
of superhuman or surpassing excellence
(obsolete) foreboding; prescient
Relating to divinity or theology.
- Yet oft his heart, divine of something ill, / Misgave him.
- church history and other divine learning
* (of or pertaining to a god) deific, godlike, godly
* (sense) hallowed, holy, sacred
* (of superhuman or surpassing excellence) supreme, ultimate
* (sense) beautiful, delightful, exquisite, heavenly, lovely, magnificent, marvellous/marvelous, splendid, wonderful
* (of or pertaining to a god) undivine, ungodly
* (sense) godless, secular, ungodly
* (of superhuman or surpassing excellence) humdrum, mediocre, ordinary
* (sense) horrible, horrid, nasty, unpleasant
* argument from divine hiddenness
* Book of Divine Worship
* countenance divine
* divine afflatus
* divine command theory
* divine countenance
* divine fallacy
* divine grace
* divine guidance
* divine healing
* divine inspiration
* divine intervention
* divine judgement, divine judgment
* divine kings
* divine kingship
* divine lady
* divine language
* divine law
* Divine Liturgy
* Divine Mercy Sunday
* divine messenger
* Divine Mind
* Divine Mother
* divine move
* Divine Mystery
* Divine Office, divine office
* divine polity
* The Divine Praises
* divine proportion
* Divine Providence
* divine ratio
* divine retribution
* divine revelation
* divine right
* divine rule
* divine section
* divine service
* divine simplicity
* divine spark
* divine will healing
* Feast of the Divine Mercy
* Mother Divine
* Revelation of Saint John the Divine
* semi-divine, semidivine
One skilled in divinity; a theologian.
A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman.
* J. Woodbridge
- Poets were the first divines .
God or a god, particularly in its aspect as a transcendental concept
- The first divines of New England were surpassed by none in extensive erudition.
* (sense) clergyman, cleric, man of the cloth, theologian
* (a deity) deity, god, God, Allah (Muslim)
From (etyl) deviner, from (etyl) divino.
to foretell (something), especially by the use of divination
- a sagacity which divined the evil designs
to guess (something)
* 1874 ,
- Darest thou divine his downfall?
* 1919 ,
- no secret can be told
To any who divined it not before
* 2005 , .
- If in the loneliness of his studio he wrestled desperately with the Angel of the Lord he never allowed a soul to divine his anguish.
to search for (underground objects or water) using a divining rod
To render divine; to deify.
- I suppose that we truly are divining that what is is some third thing when we say that change and stability are.
- Living on earth like angel new divined .
* divinise, divinize