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douse 1

also dowse  (dous)
tr.v. doused, dous·ing, dous·es also dowsed or dows·ing or dows·es
1. To wet thoroughly; drench.
2. To put out (a light or fire); extinguish: doused the campfire with a bucket of water.
A thorough drenching.

[From obsolete douse, to strike.]

dous′er n.

douse 2

Variant of dowse1.

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.


the practice of prospecting for water or minerals using a divining rod


a form of divination involving a rod or wand, especially the art of finding underground supplies of water, ores, etc. Also called rhabdomancy.
See also: Water


1. A method of divination used to locate things, often using special rods, under the earth, including water, mineral deposits, bodies, archaeological sites, cables, pipes, tunnels, lost property or hidden treasure. Dowsing may involve radiesthesia.
2. A method of locating something that is hidden or buried using a stick or pendulum.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dowsing - 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
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CLEVELAND Retired Men's Association: Members were treated to a demonstration of dowsing by David and Eleanor Burke and two of their students from the British Dowsers Association.
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Dowsing is an ancient act of finding what you seek.
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