DELVE, v.t. Delv. [L. A mole, perhaps the delver.]1. To dig; to open the ground with a spade.Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor.2. To fathom; to sound; to penetrate.I cannot delve him to the root.
DELVE, n. Delv. A place dug: a pit; a pitfall; a ditch; a den; a cave.Delve of coals, a quantity of fossil coals dug.
DELVE, n. [delv.]
A place dug; a pit; a pit-fall; a ditch; a den; a cave. [Not now used.] – Spenser. Delve of coals, a quantity of fossil coals dug. [Not used, or local.]
DELVE, v.t. [delv; Sax. delfan; D. delven; Russ. dolblyu; to dig. Qu. Arm. toulla, to dig or make a hole, W. twll, a hole, and L. talpa, a mole, perhaps the delver.]
- To dig; to open the ground with a spade.
Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor. – Dryden.
- To fathom; to sound; to penetrate.
I can not delve him to the root. – Shak.
- To dig; to open (the ground) as with a
- To dig or labor with
a spade, or as with a spade; to labor as a drudge.
- A place dug; a pit; a
ditch; a den; a cave.
- To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out;