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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Delver One who digs, as with a spade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n delver One who digs with or as if with a spade.
    • n delver Figuratively, a patient and laborious investigator.
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In literature:

The "goodman delver," reckoning up his years of office, might have at least suggested other thoughts.
"Memories and Portraits" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The garrison at last numbered about one thousand pioneers or delvers, three thousand fighting men, and about three hundred fighting women.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74" by John Lothrop Motley
And it was this fact that brought these diligent delvers after hidden treasure from their work, for Bill had not gone in the ordinary way.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
The delvers made no pause while the priest read the service, and the clods fell faster than the rain.
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend
Ibsen is the solitary man, a scathing critic of society, a delver in the depths of human nature, sceptical of all that men believe in and admire.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
That these poor dirt delvers could hold their own against trained warriors seemed a matter not worth a second thought.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Ask those delvers into the mysterious realms of thought, what prompted him to search for and restore the flag?
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Earth delver, mound builder, mine worker!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
It has been the delver of its own channel through the barrier of the Kirchet.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The "goodman delver," reckoning up his years of office, might have at least suggested other thoughts.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Still the enchanted delver sighs, and strikes on in the glimmering mine of hope.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Such were my thoughts when I remembered that, as a delver in fiction, it was probably becoming my second nature to exaggerate a little.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
Frost was the agent, ice was his delver, water his carrier, and the basin of Lake Ontario his dumping-ground.
"The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts" by George W. Holley
That was no wonder; but Goodman Delver, where was the wonder then?
"Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends" by John Keats
At this point the farmer slipped, the hedge rustled, and the delver fled away.
"Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science" by Hudson Tuttle
Ah, the poor miner, the delver in rock-salt pits, and the island-negro have in their calendar no such day as is here described or repeated!
"Hesperus or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days Vol. I." by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

In poetry:

The yeoman on the Scottish lines,
The Sheffield grinder, worn and grim,
The delver in the Cornwall mines,
Look up with hope to him.
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Greece, Rome, nay, your namesake, old Roger,
With Truth's nameless delvers who wrought
In the dark mines of Truth, helped to prod your
Fine brain with the goad of their thought.
"Franciscus De Verulamio Sic Cogitavit" by James Russell Lowell