2. An ambiguity of meaning; a disagreement of difference in opinion. Sir T. Browne.

3. (Biol.) A divergence of lines of color sculpture, or of fibers at different angles.

(Di*var`i*ca"tor) n. (Zoöl.) One of the muscles which open the shell of brachiopods; a cardinal muscle. See Illust. of Brachiopoda.

(Di*vast") a. Devastated; laid waste. [Obs.]

(Dive) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dived colloq. Dove a relic of the AS. strong forms deáf, dofen; p. pr. & vb. n. Diving.] [OE. diven, duven, AS. dyfan to sink, v. t., fr. dufan, v. i.; akin to Icel. dyfa, G. taufen, E. dip, deep, and perh. to dove, n. Cf. Dip.]

1. To plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body under, or deeply into, water or other fluid.

It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men have dived for them.

The colloquial form dove is common in the United States as an imperfect tense form.

All [the walruses] dove down with a tremendous splash.
Dr. Hayes.

When closely pressed it [the loon] dove . . . and left the young bird sitting in the water.
J. Burroughs.

2. Fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore. South.

(Dive) v. t.

1. To plunge (a person or thing) into water; to dip; to duck. [Obs.] Hooker.

2. To explore by diving; to plunge into. [R.]

The Curtii bravely dived the gulf of fame.

He dives the hollow, climbs the steeps.

(Dive), n.

1. A plunge headforemost into water, the act of one who dives, literally or figuratively.

2. A place of low resort; a dispreputable bar or nightclub; a dingy hotel; a joint. [Slang]

The music halls and dives in the lower part of the city.
J. Hawthorne.

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