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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.
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the practice of prospecting for water or minerals using a divining rod
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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
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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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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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References in periodicals archive ?
Summary: Since 1961, The American Society of Dowsers (ASD) has been a pioneer for scientific and technical exploration of dowsing, as well as the esoteric, spiritual and psychic arts in the United States.
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UK-based utility company Centrica plc (LSE: CAN) and its 50% joint venture partner EIG Global Energy Partners have agreed a joint sale of the Glens of Foudland, Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farms to a consortium, comprising the UK Green Investment Bank Offshore Wind Fund and funds managed by BlackRock, for an enterprise value of GBP 423m (USD 610.90m), the company said.
Global consultant, professional dowser, and author of Get Happy with Dowsing, Susan Collins, is the Keynote Dowser this year.
Dowsing means using a simple pendulum or a pair of dowsing rods to identify energy within the home.
Dowsing is an ancient act of finding what you seek.
COUNTRYSIDE: A few years ago a subscriber asked about help learning dowsing. The American Society of Dowsing held a dowsers conference at the University of California Santa Cruz annually, but for whatever reason has not held one for the past few years.
DURING the Middle Ages, dowsing was associated with sorcery.
A UTILITY company engineer from Wirral has revealed how he uses the ancient art of dowsing to locate burst water pipes.
The band's second opus, Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue (Robotic Empire), is a thoroughly overwhelming album, highly recommended for fans of abominable lows and unnatural highs.
This paper is an analysis of the phenomenon known as "dowsing" using hand-held wires.