And there's a pail of water and soap there by the doorway; it will do you no harm to dowse with it.
Mr. Butt, please convey to Mr. dowse my grateful and sincere thanks.
In the rooms of that society is preserved the dowse Library.
To lower down a sail, or to pull down a colour, is to dowse it; and so of many other things.
Miss dowse was fifteen, and she called her uncle's clerk Jamie; so she elevated her look when she came to our Mercedes.
dowse's other cases are not at all conclusive in their clinical histories; even the diagnosis was not established by autopsy.
Sing out when you're in bed, and I'll come and dowse the lights.
Soon a hurried order to “dowse top-gallant-sails and reef top-sails” made me slide down rather hastily from my elevated position.
"dowse that, Billy, and bear a hand and be quiet," said Crennell.
Miss dowse had rejected the proffered stick of candy, and Mercedes sought a chance to give hers away, one end unsucked.
1690s, a south England dialect word, of uncertain origin, said to have been introduced to Devon by German miners in Elizabethan times. Related: Dowsed; dowsing.
1550s, "to strike, punch," which is perhaps from Middle Dutch dossen "beat forcefully" or a similar Low German word.
Meaning "to strike a sail in haste" is recorded from 1620s; that of "to extinguish (a light)" is from 1785; perhaps influenced by dout (1520s), an obsolete contraction of do out (cf. doff, don). OED regards the meaning "to plunge into water, to throw water over" (c.1600) as a separate word, of unknown origin, though admitting there may be a connection of some sort. Related: Doused; dousing.
To extinguish a light, lamp, candle, etc
[1807+; specialized fr an earlier sense, ''hit'']