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.Whately.
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.Denham.
He dives the hollow, climbs the steeps.Emerson.
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.