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 for delve
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom.
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              I can not delve him to the root.      --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Delve \Delve\, v. i.
     To dig or labor with a spade, or as with a spade; to labor as
     a drudge.
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           Delve may I not: I shame to beg.         --Wyclif (Luke
                                                    xvi. 3).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Delve \Delve\, n. [See Delve, v. t., and cf. Delf a mine.]
     A place dug; a pit; a ditch; a den; a cave.
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           Which to that shady delve him brought at last.
     --Spenser.
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           The very tigers from their delves
           Look out.                                --Moore.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Delf \Delf\ (d[e^]lf), n. [AS. delf a delving, digging. See
     Delve.]
     A mine; a quarry; a pit dug; a ditch. [Written also delft,
     and delve.] [Obs.]
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           The delfts would be so flown with waters, that no gins
           or machines could . . . keep them dry.   --Ray.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  delve
      v 1: turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over
           the soil for aeration" [syn: dig, delve, cut into,
           turn over]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  76 Moby Thesaurus words for "delve":
     backset, beat the bushes, bore, burrow, cavity, cultivate, culture,
     cut, dig, dig out, dike, dredge, dress, drill, drive, excavate,
     explore, fallow, fertilize, forage, force, frisk, furrow,
     go through, gouge, gouge out, groove, grub, harrow, hoe, hollow,
     hunt, list, look around, look round, look through, lower, mine,
     mulch, nose around, plow, pocket, poke, poke around, prune, pry,
     quarry, rake, research, root, sap, scoop, scoop out, scrabble,
     scrape, scratch, search, search through, shovel, sink,
     smell around, spade, thin, thin out, till, till the soil, trench,
     trough, tunnel, vacancy, vacuity, vacuum, void, weed, weed out,
     work
  
  

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