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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 "Autem" is an obsolete slang word for church, and "diver" in this sense is obsolete slang for a pickpocket.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.
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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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I know some of the divers were trying new dives and that is always terrifying, it's scary and you'll be wondering how it's gonna go," said Louganis.
He added: "However, the diver kicked away in a horizontal pattern, which might have mimicked prey, and excited the shark.
Silvertip sharks are potentially dangerous to humans, as they can sneak up quickly and quietly on divers, especially if there's food around.
Marine conservationist and diver Romeo Trono blamed local governments for their 'laxity' in enforcing laws and protecting marine ecosystems.
"It might not sound like a lot but we have 12 disabled divers this year and many more enquiries for next year, as it takes longer to plan holidays and to ensure their needs are covered," he said.
Major Esmail Hassan Mahmoud, head of the fitness section in the Transport and Rescue Department, said the decompression chamber was established two years ago and has helped treat amateur divers who fall after ill after not decompressing properly from deep ocean diving.
Andersen said divers from other suburbs in a regional response team with Palatine already have the systems.
Today it receives more than 12,000 divers a year who come to witness their incredible feeding.
Over the last two decades, many tropical countries have developed significant recreational dive industries as divers have become aware of the beauty and comfort of diving in tropical environments [1].
The purpose of the diver's slow ascent is to avoid potential risks that threatened his life.
A diver's work schedule depends on golf course events.
Seoul, Sha'ban 1, 1435, May 30, 2014, SPA -- A civilian diver died Friday during the search for people still believed trapped inside a sunken South Korean ferry, the second diver's death in the six-week operation.
Han Yong Duk, a 33-year-old diver, said that visibility was often so poor that divers had to feel their way along the outside of the ship to find windows they could smash.
The experienced Algerian diver, identified as Adel Ait-Ghezala, went missing 32km (20 miles) off Dubai shores while diving with friends and his wife.
A DIVER was airlifted to hospital after contracting the bends.