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

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An hour earlier in the cove below, a diver had been bitten in half. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area coast’s secret haunt for great white sharks," 22 Jan. 2018 Their rescue was followed a few hours later by the safe return of a medic and three SEAL divers who had stayed for days with the boys in their cramped, dry refuge. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 Several hours later, a medic and three SEAL divers who had stayed for days with the boys in their tiny refuge in the cave also came out. BostonGlobe.com, "All 12 boys and their coach rescued from flooded Thailand cave," 10 July 2018 The operation would involve Thai navy divers, with support personnel from the U.S., Britain and other nations, the report said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Thai soccer team pen letters to families while rescuers prepare 'buddy dive' operation," 2 Oct. 2018 In some narrow passages, they were connected to only one diver. Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "US Air Force rescue specialist details 'once in a lifetime rescue' in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 Even if divers lose consciousness, the supply of air continues. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Diving masks from San Marcos company helped rescue of Thai boys from cave," 11 July 2018 One former Thai Navy diver died last week after expending his air trying to make it through. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "What Lies Beneath? Vague Mapping Complicates Thai Cave Rescue," 8 July 2018 Top divers from around the world descended on remote Chiang Rai to assist a team of highly skilled Thai SEALS. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "The world shows its love to kids in a Thai cave. We need that same love for kids at the border | Will Bunch," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of diver

1506, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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