douse

[dous]
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.
a.
to lower or take in (a sail, mast, or the like) suddenly.
b.
to slacken (a line) suddenly.
c.
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; origin uncertain

douse, dowse.
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douse or dowse1 (daʊs)
 
vb
1.  to plunge or be plunged into water or some other liquid; duck
2.  (tr) to drench with water, esp in order to wash or clean
3.  (tr) to put out (a light, candle, etc)
 
n
4.  an immersion
 
[C16: perhaps related to obsolete douse to strike, of obscure origin]
 
dowse or dowse1
 
vb
 
n
 
[C16: perhaps related to obsolete douse to strike, of obscure origin]
 
'douser or dowse1
 
n
 
'dowser or dowse1
 
n

douse2 (daʊs)
 
vb
1.  nautical to lower (sail) quickly
2.  archaic to strike or beat
 
n
3.  archaic a blow
 
[C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to douse1]

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Word Origin & History

douse
1559, "to strike, punch," which is probably from M.Du. dossen "beat forcefully." Meaning "to strike a sail in haste" is recorded from 1627; that of "to extinguish (a light)" is from 1785; perhaps influenced by dout (1526), an obsolete contraction of do out (cf. doff, don). OED regards the meaning "to
throw water over" (1606) as a separate word, of unknown origin, though admitting there may be a connection of some sort.
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Example sentences
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.
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