follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

divers

[dahy-verz] /ˈdaɪ vərz/
adjective
1.
several; various; sundry:
divers articles.
pronoun
2.
(used with a plural verb) an indefinite number more than one:
He chose divers of them, who were asked to accompany him.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dīversus diverse
Can be confused
divers, diverse.

diver

[dahy-ver] /ˈdaɪ vər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that dives.
2.
a person who makes a business of diving, as for pearl oysters or to examine sunken vessels.
3.
British. a loon.
4.
any of several other birds noted for their skill in diving.
Origin
1500-10; dive + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for divers
  • divers have been used to salvage valuable equipment from submerged plants.
  • Remotely operated vehicles are used to install and maintain equipment where water is too deep for divers.
  • Jumpers are supposed to be experienced sky-divers before leaping from land.
  • divers and snorkelers will enjoy views of the rich sea life here, as well.
  • divers and swimmers may thrill to the idea of shark safeguards.
  • The knife is designed for scuba divers, not murderous lunatics, says the patent.
  • On the bottom, divers will release the cables after the segment is in place and connect it by hand to the ones already sunk.
  • Though they are both highly trained deep-sea divers, they play many roles on a salvage job.
  • Most of the divers are freelancers, hired temporarily by companies that likewise move from one job to another.
  • The governor sent him to prison where he remained a long time suffering divers torments.
British Dictionary definitions for divers

divers

/ˈdaɪvəz/
determiner
1.
(archaic or literary)
  1. various; sundry; some
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural) divers of them
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin dīversus turned in different directions; see divert

diver

/ˈdaɪvə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that dives
2.
a person who works or explores underwater
3.
Also called loom. any aquatic bird of the genus Gavia, family Gaviidae, and order Gaviiformes of northern oceans, having a straight pointed bill, small wings, and a long body: noted for swiftness and skill in swimming and diving US and Canadian name loon
4.
any of various other diving birds
5.
(soccer, slang) a player who pretends to have been tripped or impeded by an opposing player in order to win a free kick or penalty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for divers
divers
late 13c., "various," from O.Fr. divers "different, various, singular, odd, exceptional, wretched, treacherous, perverse," from L. diversus "turned different ways," in L.L. "various," pp. of divertere (see divert). Sense of "several, numerous" is recorded from c.1300, referring "originally and in form to the variety of objects; but, as variety implies number, becoming an indeffinite numeral word expressing multiplicity" [OED].
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for divers

diver

Related Terms

muff-diver


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for divers

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for divers

10
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with divers