daÊŠz v. search for water or minerals with a divining rod; soak; put out a fire, extinguish flames

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  • dowse — dowse1 /dows/, v.t., v.i., dowsed, dowsing, n. douse. dowse2 /dowz/, v., dowsed, dowsing. v.i. 1. to search for underground supplies of water, metal, etc., by the use of a divining rod. v.t. 2. to search for (as water) by or as if by dowsing. [ …   Universalium

  • dowse — UK [daʊz] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms dowse : present tense I/you/we/they dowse he/she/it dowses present participle dowsing past tense dowsed past participle dowsed 1) to search for water underground using a special stick that moves when… …   English dictionary

  • dowse — I [[t]daʊs[/t]] v. t. v. i. dowsed, dows•ing, n. douse II dowse [[t]daʊz[/t]] v. dowsed, dows•ing 1) to use a divining rod 2) cvb to discover (water, etc.) by dowsing • Etymology: 1685–95; orig. dial. (SW England); orig. obscure …   From formal English to slang

  • dowse — I. /daʊs/ (say dows) verb (t), verb (i) (dowsed, dowsing) → douse. –dowser, noun II. /daʊz/ (say dowz) verb (i) (dowsed, dowsing) to search for subterranean supplies of water, ore, etc., by the aid of a divining rod. {origin unknown} –dowser …   Australian English dictionary

  • dowse — dowse1 [dous] vt. dowsed, dowsing DOUSE1 dowse2 [douz] vi. dowsed, dowsing [< ?] to search for a source of water or minerals by walking about while holding a divining rod (dowsing rod) dowser n …   English World dictionary

  • Dowse — Dowse, v. i. To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc. [1913 Webster] Adams had the reputation of having dowsed successfully for more than a hundred wells. Eng. Cyc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • douse — I. verb also dowse (doused; also dowsed; dousing; also dowsing) Etymology: perhaps from obsolete English douse to smite Date: 1600 transitive verb 1. to plunge into water 2. a. to …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dowse — I. variant of douse II. verb (dowsed; dowsing) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1691 intransitive verb to use a divining rod transitive verb to find (as water) by dowsing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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