div·​er | \ˈdī-vər \

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

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The search was being conducted in good weather by 50 divers, 35 boats and three aircraft. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Hunts Seabed for Crashed Lion Air Jetliner," 30 Oct. 2018 This trip is for wanna-be undercover agents and adrenaline junkies who'll race exotic supercars, jump out of planes, and get insider training from Special Operations Forces veterans—parachutists, divers, even ex-Marines. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts for the Try-Anything Traveler," 18 Oct. 2018 The Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, for example, has provided specialist radio equipment to the divers, with the help of Derbyshire Police. Fox News, "Thailand cave rescue: Electronic location gear, breathing masks could help save soccer team," 2 Oct. 2018 Further reading: SpaceX, Tesla, and Elon Musk Vox’s Emily Stewart explains what the heck happened with Musk, marijuana, Joe Rogan, and Musk’s feud with a cave diver, as well as whether his companies are in trouble for his headline-grabbing behavior. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Watch: Elon Musk reveals the SpaceX mystery moon traveler," 18 Sep. 2018 Harper, who had just returned from exploring Thai caves with Unsworth, brought two other divers, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, to help with the rescue. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk," 18 Sep. 2018 Instead, underwater communication, such as between submarines, underwater robots, or divers, typically uses sound waves, which can travel through water for miles. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Clever New Tech Could Let Subs and Planes Talk Directly," 22 Aug. 2018 Firefighters from Goffstown and Manchester responded at about 9 p.m. and were later assisted by divers from the Nashua Fire Department ant the State Police , the statement said. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "NH kayaker drowns in Piscataquog River," 14 July 2018 Each boy was accompanied by two divers, who carried their oxygen tanks for them. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The Thai Soccer Players Are Being Reunited With Families Following Their Cave Rescue," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of diver

1506, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of diver was in 1506

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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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