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dowse 1

also douse  (douz)
intr.v. dowsed, dows·ing, dows·es also doused or dous·ing or dous·es
To use a divining rod to search for underground water or minerals.

[Origin unknown.]

dowse 2

v. & n.
Variant of douse1.


vb, n
a variant spelling of douse1
ˈdowser n


(Mining & Quarrying) (intr) to search for underground water, minerals, etc, using a divining rod; divine
[C17: of unknown origin]
ˈdowser n



v.t., v.i. dowsed, dows•ing,



v. dowsed, dows•ing. v.i.
1. to use a divining rod.
2. to discover (water, etc.) by dowsing.
[1685–95; orig. dial. (SW England); orig. obscure]
douse, dowse - Douse first meant "knock, punch, strike" and now means "to extinguish or wet thoroughly"; dowse means to look for water or minerals with a divining rod.
See also related terms for minerals.


Past participle: dowsed
Gerund: dowsing

I dowse
you dowse
he/she/it dowses
we dowse
you dowse
they dowse
I dowsed
you dowsed
he/she/it dowsed
we dowsed
you dowsed
they dowsed
Present Continuous
I am dowsing
you are dowsing
he/she/it is dowsing
we are dowsing
you are dowsing
they are dowsing
Present Perfect
I have dowsed
you have dowsed
he/she/it has dowsed
we have dowsed
you have dowsed
they have dowsed
Past Continuous
I was dowsing
you were dowsing
he/she/it was dowsing
we were dowsing
you were dowsing
they were dowsing
Past Perfect
I had dowsed
you had dowsed
he/she/it had dowsed
we had dowsed
you had dowsed
they had dowsed
I will dowse
you will dowse
he/she/it will dowse
we will dowse
you will dowse
they will dowse
Future Perfect
I will have dowsed
you will have dowsed
he/she/it will have dowsed
we will have dowsed
you will have dowsed
they will have dowsed
Future Continuous
I will be dowsing
you will be dowsing
he/she/it will be dowsing
we will be dowsing
you will be dowsing
they will be dowsing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dowsing
you have been dowsing
he/she/it has been dowsing
we have been dowsing
you have been dowsing
they have been dowsing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dowsing
you will have been dowsing
he/she/it will have been dowsing
we will have been dowsing
you will have been dowsing
they will have been dowsing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dowsing
you had been dowsing
he/she/it had been dowsing
we had been dowsing
you had been dowsing
they had been dowsing
I would dowse
you would dowse
he/she/it would dowse
we would dowse
you would dowse
they would dowse
Past Conditional
I would have dowsed
you would have dowsed
he/she/it would have dowsed
we would have dowsed
you would have dowsed
they would have dowsed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dowse - searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
fortune telling, soothsaying, foretelling, divination - the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
Verb1.dowse - wet thoroughly
wet - cause to become wet; "Wet your face"
2.dowse - use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal
divine - search by divining, as if with a rod; "He claimed he could divine underground water"
3.dowse - slacken; "douse a rope"
slacken, remit - make slack as by lessening tension or firmness
4.dowse - cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face"
wet - cause to become wet; "Wet your face"
brine - soak in brine
bedraggle, draggle - make wet and dirty, as from rain
bate - soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments; "bate hides and skins"
ret - place (flax, hemp, or jute) in liquid so as to promote loosening of the fibers from the woody tissue
sluice, flush - irrigate with water from a sluice; "sluice the earth"


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