less common spelling of douse
1 : to plunge into water Blanch the green beans then douse them in a bath of ice water.
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
Origin and Etymology of dowse
First Known Use: 1691See Words from the same year
DOWSE Defined for English Language Learners
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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