divining rod

noun

Definition of divining rod

: a forked rod believed to indicate the presence of water or minerals especially by dipping downward when held over a vein

Examples of divining rod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout his career, Biden has been a divining rod for the middle of his party, more moderate in the 1990s when that was in vogue and more liberal during the Obama era when the center of gravity shifted. Peter Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden seeks quick start with executive actions and aggressive legislation," 16 Jan. 2021 Throughout his career, Mr. Biden has been a divining rod for the middle of his party, more moderate in the 1990s when that was in vogue and more liberal during the Obama era when the center of gravity shifted. New York Times, "Biden Seeks Quick Start With Executive Actions and Aggressive Legislation," 16 Jan. 2021 The brown stone fly nymph on the end of my line and the 9-foot-graphite stick in my hand would have to act as the steelhead divining rod. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Steelhead fishing in Wauwatosa? Restoration projects on the Menomonee are showing their value.," 18 Apr. 2020 Ten out of 12 water utilities in the United Kingdom admitted that their technicians use divining rods to find underground leaks or water pipes, according to an investigation by science blogger Sally Le Page. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "British water utilities admit they use divining rods to find leaks," 21 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of divining rod

1751, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jan 2021

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“Divining rod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divining%20rod. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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divining rod

noun

English Language Learners Definition of divining rod

: a stick that is usually shaped like a Y and is used by some people to search for an underground source of water

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