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dowse1

[dous] /daʊs/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dowsed, dowsing, noun
1.

dowse2

[douz] /daʊz/
verb (used without object), dowsed, dowsing.
1.
to search for underground supplies of water, metal, etc., by the use of a divining rod.
verb (used with object), dowsed, dowsing.
2.
to search for (as water) by or as if by dowsing.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; orig. dial. (SW England); origin obscure
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Examples for dowse
  • But occasionally, a bad-natured song played at incredibly high volume still helps me to dowse the flames.
  • Similarly, lf you dowse live electrical equipment with water, you are putting yourself in danger of electrical shock.
British Dictionary definitions for dowse

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

dowse1

/daʊs/
verb, noun
1.
a variant spelling of douse1
Derived Forms
dowser, noun

dowse2

/daʊz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to search for underground water, minerals, etc, using a divining rod; divine
Derived Forms
dowser, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dowse
v.

1690s, a south England dialect word, of uncertain origin, said to have been introduced to Devon by German miners in Elizabethan times. Related: Dowsed; dowsing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dowse

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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