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  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 of diver

First recorded in 1500–10; dive + -er1
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  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 divingUS 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 diver

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

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