- 1Reach inside a receptacle and search for something: she delved in her pocketMore example sentences
rummage (around/about) in, search, hunt in, scrabble around in, root around/about in, ferret (about/around) in, fish about/around in, dig into/in; go through, rifle through
- Jo then delved in to the toy box and brought out a farmyard set before passing round a bag of plastic animals for the youngsters to pull out and identify.
- At great personal risk I delved in among the spines today but, apart from last year's abandoned nest, there was nothing.
- Then he prised open my mouth and delved in with a metal stick while the nurse fed a miniature sprinkler system down my gullet.
- 1.1Research or make painstaking inquiries into something: as we delve further into the atom’s secretsMore example sentences
- Along with that, the show has two researchers delving into all the newspaper periodicals that are sent in.
- His research delves into matroidal structures, a concept based on graphs and matrices and its applications.
- I was confused and delved into my own research on the matter.
- 1.2 [with object] • literary Dig; excavate: (as adjective delved) the approach from the surface above had awed her, so hugely delved were the tunnelsMore example sentences
- They rounded another corner, careful not to brush up against the slime-covered wall and descended down another tunnel, delving deeper underground.
- Although the economy as a set of material practices has existed ever since ‘Adam delved and Eve span,’ it was not conceptualized as separate until about 300 years ago.
- He turned the corner and still the tunnel delved deeper into the rock.
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- A top profiler and unmatched delver into the serial-killer mindset, she is terribly good at that thing where you hold the torch on top of your handgun when entering a dark apartment.
- A truly remarkable book thoroughly investigated and produced by arguably one the world's greatest delvers into the understanding of the ancient past.
- Fate was - in the past - supposed to be the supreme delver into the arcane and the mysterious energies of the universe.
Old English delfan 'dig'; related to Dutch delven.