Delf n. A mine; a quarry; a pit dug; a ditch. [Written also delft, and delve.] [Obs.]
The delfts would be so flown with waters, that no gins or machines could . . . keep them dry. --Ray.
Delve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delved p. pr. & vb. n. Delving.]
1. To dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade.
Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor. --Dryden.
2. To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom.
I can not delve him to the root. --Shak.
Delve, v. i. To dig or labor with a spade, or as with a spade; to labor as a drudge.
Delve may I not: I shame to beg. --Wyclif (Luke xvi. 3).
Delve, n. A place dug; a pit; a ditch; a den; a cave.
Which to that shady delve him brought at last.
The very tigers from their delves
Look out. --Moore.
v : turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over
the soil for aeration" [syn: dig, cut into, turn