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dowse

verb

Less common spelling of

transitive verb
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
intransitive verb
:to fall or become plunged into water

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dowse

verb \ ˈdau̇z \

Definition of dowse

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

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Origin and Etymology of dowse

origin unknown


DOWSE Defined for English Language Learners

dowse

verb

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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