The divining, or "dowsing," rod of Dousterswivel still keeps its place in mining superstition and in the search for wells.
It has been humorously conjectured, that from this ruthless devastator originated the phrase to give a dowsing.
The entrance door is medival, probably removed from elsewhere to replace the doorway defaced by dowsing.
It is remarkable that these should have escaped the specially thorough "purification" which dowsing here describes.
The dowsing satisfied me that the ground was full of water: the geological survey suggested the best place to collect it.
No serious inquirer into the mysteries of occultism should neglect to study the peculiar human faculty locally known as dowsing.
The neighbouring village of Stetchworth (or Stretchworth) also suffered in dowsing's visitation.
Stone on to stone, I skipped across a brook, dowsing one leg to the thigh in its bubbling water.
Another phase of psychic activity is that illustrated in "dowsing" or water-finding by means of the hazel fork.
Water-divining, or dowsing, is accepted in many parts of the world and used as a practical method of locating underground water.
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.
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.
To extinguish a light, lamp, candle, etc
[1807+; specialized fr an earlier sense, ''hit'']