div·​er | \ ˈdī-vər How to pronounce diver (audio) \

Definition of diver

1 : one that dives
2a : a person who stays underwater for long periods by having air supplied from the surface or by carrying a supply of compressed air
b : any of various birds that obtain food by diving in water especially : loon

Examples of diver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alonso Tovar-Rios’ body was discovered by Dallas police divers around 5:30 p.m., police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "19-year-old man dies after boat capsizes in Rylie area, Dallas police say," 11 Apr. 2020 Great white sharks are being observed by divers once or twice a year off the coast of South Florida. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 In a full dress rehearsal the day before, the flares worn by sky divers singed the field. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Shakira? J. Lo? This Halftime Show Had Snakes and Indiana Jones," 30 Jan. 2020 Similarly, dive knives are often carried by divers. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 of the Best Survival Knives," 27 Jan. 2020 The remains of 20 people — 11 women and nine men — have been recovered and transported to the coroner’s bureau, and between four and six additional bodies were spotted by divers beneath the sunken wreckage of the boat. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Mom Recounts Her March Trip on Calif. Boat Where Dozens Died in Fire: 'It Smelled Like Fuel'," 3 Sep. 2019 Bradshaw, 57, coached four-time NCAA champion Joona Puhaka and divers that earned 29 All-America awards including Mickey Benedetti and Trisha Tumlinson. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Long-time ASU diving coach Mark Bradshaw retiring," 25 Apr. 2020 As prices tumbled, roughnecks, truck divers and engineers quickly lost their jobs. Fortune, "Trump’s oil deal: The inside story of how the Saudi-Russia price war ended," 14 Apr. 2020 Someone had in fact noticed, and eventually the clanking of chains and anchors on the hull indicated that boats and divers were poking around the wreck site. Rachel Lance, Wired, "How to Escape From a Sunken Submarine," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of diver

1506, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2020

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“Diver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diver. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of diver

: a person who dives into water
: a person who swims underwater usually while using special equipment to breathe

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