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 Over five years of production, Brennan, 30, used his camera as a kind of divining rod for finding ways to live more consciously in a world of higher temperatures and ever-worsening drought. David Hochman, Forbes, 21 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 1 Jul. 2022.

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