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douse

[dous] /daʊs/
verb (used with object), doused, dousing.
1.
to plunge into water or the like; drench:
She doused the clothes in soapy water.
2.
to splash or throw water or other liquid on:
The children doused each other with the hose.
3.
to extinguish:
She quickly doused the candle's flame with her fingertips.
4.
Informal. to remove; doff.
5.
Nautical.
  1. to lower or take in (a sail, mast, or the like) suddenly.
  2. to slacken (a line) suddenly.
  3. to stow quickly.
verb (used without object), doused, dousing.
6.
to plunge or be plunged into a liquid.
noun
7.
British Dialect. a stroke or blow.
Also, dowse.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; origin uncertain
Can be confused
douse, dowse.
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Examples from the web for douse
  • douse the car and everything in it with gasoline and set it on fire.
  • The world is telling him he must douse the flames, admitting that the intifada has been a tragic failure.
  • douse tops with water occasionally, feed regularly, groom by removing old leafstalks.
  • When it homes in on weeds, it triggers sprayers to douse them with herbicide.
  • The spray can that was used to douse students is getting its own special treatment.
  • It was a time to move on, to douse the fires and lick the wounds.
  • Only engines are equipped to douse fires or handle medical emergencies.
  • Winter wheat seedlings, usually dependent on a douse of fall rain for early life, are dying in the ground.
  • Place in soup bowls, douse with broth, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.
  • And to sprinkle on the lemon, much in the way you douse it on oysters.
British Dictionary definitions for douse

douse1

/daʊs/
verb
1.
to plunge or be plunged into water or some other liquid; duck
2.
(transitive) to drench with water, esp in order to wash or clean
3.
(transitive) to put out (a light, candle, etc)
noun
4.
an immersion
Derived Forms
douser, dowser, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps related to obsolete douse to strike, of obscure origin

douse2

/daʊs/
verb (transitive)
1.
(nautical) to lower (sail) quickly
2.
(archaic) to strike or beat
noun
3.
(archaic) a blow
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to douse1
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Word Origin and History for douse
v.

1550s, "to strike, punch," which is perhaps from Middle Dutch dossen "beat forcefully" or a similar Low German word.

Meaning "to strike a sail in haste" is recorded from 1620s; that of "to extinguish (a light)" is from 1785; perhaps influenced by dout (1520s), an obsolete contraction of do out (cf. doff, don). OED regards the meaning "to plunge into water, to throw water over" (c.1600) as a separate word, of unknown origin, though admitting there may be a connection of some sort. Related: Doused; dousing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for douse

douse

verb

To extinguish a light, lamp, candle, etc

[1807+; specialized fr an earlier sense, ''hit'']


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