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dowse

verb \ˈdau̇s also ˈdau̇z\

less common spelling of

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to plunge into water Blanch the green beans then douse them in a bath of ice water.

  3. 2a :  to throw a liquid on :  drench The books were doused in gasoline and set ablaze. doused herself in perfumeb :  slosh

  4. 3 [originally in argot use (douse the glim meaning “extinguish the light”) and perhaps of distinct origin] :  extinguish douse the lights douse the blaze

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to fall or become plunged into water


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dowse

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verb \ˈdau̇z\

Definition of dowse

dowsed

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dowsing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to use a divining rod

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to find (as water) by dowsing

Origin and Etymology of dowse

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1691


DOWSE Defined for English Language Learners


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dowse

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verb \ˈdau̇z\

Definition of dowse for English Language Learners

  • : to search for an underground supply of water by using a special stick that leads you to it


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