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autem diver

1. obsolete A thief or pickpocket who steals from people during church services. "Autem" is an obsolete slang word for church, and "diver" in this sense is obsolete slang for a pickpocket. The autem divers move stealthily among the congregation, lifting the purses and coins from those focused on the sermon.
2. obsolete A lay officer of the church in charge of the poor and needy. "Autem" is an obsolete slang word for church, and "diver" in this sense is slang for one who lives in a cellar (i.e., among the poor). The autem diver oversees the distribution of bread to the poorest of the parish.
See also: autem, diver

scuba diver

One who dives underwater while wearing a mask attached to a container of compressed air that allows for long periods of breathing without resurfacing. "Scuba" was originally an acronym for "self-contained underwater breathing apparatus." I don't think I have a future as a scuba diver, but I really enjoyed looking at the coral reef underwater.
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Even in murky water, divers easily spotted gold specks.
The sport can be dangerous, because divers must hold their breath for prolonged periods while undergoing massive water pressure and physiological changes.
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The diver may even unintentionally kick corals with their fin when they lose buoyancy (39.
Although Gabr, fascinated with the sea, has dreamed of becoming a diver since he was a child, he didn't enrol in his first diving course until he was in college.
Divers spend 8 to 10 hours per day harvesting the ponds and may need multiple days to finish a job.
A 53-year-old civilian diver died earlier this month after becoming unconscious during a search attempt.
When a body without a life jacket is found, one diver wraps his arms around the body and another diver pulls his colleague and the body to the surface with a rope.
Divers David Malvestuto, 34, and Warren Murray, 56, managed to record the footage.
As the lifeboatsS s arrived at the scene, the diver resurfaced some distance from his boat, safe and well.
As the man basket scrapes down the face of the dam, Red Diver stands in the center of the platform, careful not to expose limbs to crushing injury.
Gardai said Mr Diver was cutting away branches on Tuesday and he returned to finish the task.
When this pressure decreases, such as when the diver ascends to the surface, the process is reversed.
His companions suffered decompression sickness when they rushed the sick diver to the surface to raise the alarm.
Very soon after the start of the dive, one diver from the group came to the surface raising the alarm that one diver was in difficulty