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divers

[dahy-verz] /ˈdaɪ vərz/
adjective
1.
several; various; sundry:
divers articles.
pronoun
2.
(used with a plural verb) an indefinite number more than one:
He chose divers of them, who were asked to accompany him.
Origin of divers
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dīversus diverse
Can be confused
divers, diverse.

diver

[dahy-ver] /ˈdaɪ vər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that dives.
2.
a person who makes a business of diving, as for pearl oysters or to examine sunken vessels.
3.
British. a loon.
4.
any of several other birds noted for their skill in diving.
Origin
First recorded in 1500-10; dive + -er1
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  • So, too, did the Greeks, and divers other ancient peoples who were famed for their learning.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Vere had often seen the divers in the Bay of Naples at their curious toil.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • In the next place we have to consider that there are divers kinds of fire.

    Timaeus Plato
  • He is the Arch-Hypocrite of Tone who speaks in divers tongues.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Spring-board: a long board projecting over the water, used by divers.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for divers

divers

/ˈdaɪvəz/
determiner
1.
(archaic or literary)
  1. various; sundry; some
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural): divers of them
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin dīversus turned in different directions; see divert

diver

/ˈdaɪvə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that dives
2.
a person who works or explores underwater
3.
Also called loom. any aquatic bird of the genus Gavia, family Gaviidae, and order Gaviiformes of northern oceans, having a straight pointed bill, small wings, and a long body: noted for swiftness and skill in swimming and diving US and Canadian name loon
4.
any of various other diving birds
5.
(soccer, slang) a player who pretends to have been tripped or impeded by an opposing player in order to win a free kick or penalty
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Word Origin and History for divers
adj.

mid-13c., "not alike" (sense now in diverse); late 13c., "separate, distinct; various," from Old French divers (11c.) "different, various, singular, odd, exceptional, wretched, treacherous, perverse," from Latin diversus "turned different ways," in Late Latin "various," past participle of divertere (see divert).

Sense of "several, numerous" is recorded from c.1300, referring "originally and in form to the variety of objects; but, as variety implies number, becoming an indefinite numeral word expressing multiplicity" [OED], a sense that emerged by c.1400.

diver

n.

c.1500, agent noun from dive (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for divers

diver

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muff-diver

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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