dowse

1 [dous]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dowsed, dowsing, noun
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dowse

2 [douz]
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:
1685–95; orig. dial. (SW England); origin obscure

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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

dowse1 (daʊs)
 
vb, —n
a variant spelling of douse
 
'dowser1
 
n

dowse2 (daʊz)
 
vb
(intr) to search for underground water, minerals, etc, using a divining rod; divine
 
[C17: of unknown origin]
 
'dowser2
 
n

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dowse
1690s, a south England dialect word, of uncertain origin, said to have been introduced to Devon by German miners in Elizabethan times.
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Example sentences
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.
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