verb (used without object), delved, delving.
to carry on intensive and thorough research for data, information, or the like; investigate: to delve into the issue of prison reform.
Archaic. to dig, as with a spade.
verb (used with object), delved, delving.
Archaic. to dig; excavate.

before 900; Middle English delven, Old English delfan; cognate with Dutch delven, Old High German telban

delver, noun
undelved, adjective

1. research, inquire, probe, examine, explore. Unabridged
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delve (dɛlv)
1.  to inquire or research deeply or intensively (for information, etc): he delved in the Bible for quotations
2.  to search or rummage (in a drawer, the pockets, etc)
3.  (esp of an animal) to dig or burrow deeply (into the ground, etc)
4.  archaic, dialect or (also tr) to dig or turn up (earth, a garden, etc), as with a spade
[Old English delfan; related to Old High German telban to dig, Russian dolbit to hollow out with a chisel]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. delfan "to dig" (class III strong verb; past tense dealf, pp. dolfen), common W.Gmc. verb with cognates in Slavic. Weak inflections emerged 14c.-16c.
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Example sentences
That's the definition of basic science, and delving into the unknown is what
  makes it exciting.
Beneath that, an advanced scripting language allows for the possibility of
  delving further.
They're not delving in to get the yummy marrow, though.
In other words, he spent his days inside a lab delving into topics that few
  people outside the lab understood.
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