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dowse

verb

less common spelling of

1 : to plunge into water
  • Blanch the green beans then douse them in a bath of ice water.
2 a : to throw a liquid on : drench
  • The books were doused in gasoline and set ablaze.
  • doused herself in perfume
b : slosh
3
[originally in argot use (douse the glim meaning "extinguish the light") and perhaps of distinct origin]
: extinguish
  • douse the lights
  • douse the blaze
: to fall or become plunged into water

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dowse

verb \ ˈdau̇z \

Definition of dowse

dowsed; dowsing
: to use a divining rod
: to find (something, such as water) by dowsing

Origin and Etymology of dowse

origin unknown


DOWSE Defined for English Language Learners

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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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