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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Delve \Delve\v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delved; p. pr. & vb. n. Delving.] [AS. delfan to dig; akin to OS. bidelban to bury, D. delven to dig, MHG. telben, and possibly to E. dale. Cf. Delf a mine.] 1. To dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade. [1913 Webster] Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom. [1913 Webster] I can not delve him to the root. --Shak. [1913 Webster]