to plunge into water or the like; drench: She doused the clothes in soapy water.
to splash or throw water or other liquid on: The children doused each other with the hose.
to extinguish: She quickly doused the candle's flame with her fingertips.
Informal. to remove; doff.
to lower or take in (a sail, mast, or the like) suddenly.
to slacken (a line) suddenly.
to stow quickly.
to plunge or be plunged into a liquid.
British Dialect. a stroke or blow.
- douse , dowse
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How to use douse in a sentence
Another douse of fuel on the fire was the Council president vote, which happened in December after the new City Council was sworn in.VOSD Podcast: Happy V-Day (Vaccines and Vacation Rentals, That Is) | Nate John | February 12, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
They climb onto the bar and dance while the cocktail waitresses douse them with water guns.And the Wiener Is…My Trip to Brooklyn’s Smallest Penis Pageant | Tessa Miller | June 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
douse the whole thing with some olive oil and add Himalayan pink sea salt to taste.Four Fatty (But Healthy!) Power Meals to Fuel Your Day | Ari Meisel | March 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was fear of cancer and a douse of hypochondria that brought me to 23andMe in the first place.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free | Charles C. Johnson | February 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So where did 14-year-old Shaaliver douse get the 9mm pistol he was holding when the NYPD shot him to death?How Bronx Teen Shaaliver Douse, Killed by Cops, Ended Up With a Gun | Michael Daly | August 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fourteen years later, two rookie cops heard gunfire and saw a now 14-year-old douse coming toward them, that very gun in hand.How Bronx Teen Shaaliver Douse, Killed by Cops, Ended Up With a Gun | Michael Daly | August 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
For several nights they advised me to "cut out the higher education, douse that light and come to bed."The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
They had but to lie close and to douse the lights (which they were quick to do) and their safety was assured.
"douse my top-lights but that's the truth," said the mate, making an effort with his confined hands to salute his officer.Frank Before Vicksburg | Harry Castlemon
The second douse was flung quickly; he became confused, rushed into the captain's berth, believing he was making his way on deck.The Shellback's Progress | Walter Runciman
To that end an occasional little douse of civil war will be a helpful expedient.The Galley Slave's Ring | Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for douse (1 of 2)
to plunge or be plunged into water or some other liquid; duck
(tr) to drench with water, esp in order to wash or clean
(tr) to put out (a light, candle, etc)
- douser or dowser, noun
British Dictionary definitions for douse (2 of 2)
nautical to lower (sail) quickly
archaic to strike or beat
archaic a blow
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