Idler on its modern surface, or delver in its deep-hearted past, could he reconcile himself to it?
It has been the delver of its own channel through the barrier of the Kirchet.
Any comparison between the material comfort of a Kentucky slave and an English ditcher and delver would be preposterous.
Frost was the agent, ice was his delver, water his carrier, and the basin of Lake Ontario his dumping-ground.
At this point the farmer slipped, the hedge rustled, and the delver fled away.
He is brave and good, while you––you are a spy, an eavesdropper, a delver into the private affairs of others.
I speak only as a delver into the secrets of other men; and if I seem arrogant, it is due to the influence of the company I keep.
Old English delfan "to dig" (class III strong verb; past tense dealf, past participle dolfen), common West Germanic verb (cf. Old Saxon delban, Dutch delven, Middle High German telben "to dig"), from PIE root *dhelbh- (cf. Lithuanian delba "crowbar," Russian dolbit', Czech dlabati, Polish dłubać "to chisel;" Russian dolotó, Czech dlato, Polish dłuto "chisel"). Weak inflections emerged 14c.-16c. Related: Delved; delving.