divining rod


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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Divining rod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divining%20rod. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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