verb (used with or without object), dowsed, dows·ing, noun
Words nearby dowse
Definition for dowse (2 of 3)
verb (used without object), dowsed, dows·ing.
verb (used with object), dowsed, dows·ing.
Origin of dowse2
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dowsedouse dowse
Definition for dowse (3 of 3)
verb (used with object), doused, dous·ing.
- to lower or take in (a sail, mast, or the like) suddenly.
- to slacken (a line) suddenly.
- to stow quickly.
verb (used without object), doused, dous·ing.
Origin of douse
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dousedouse dowse
Examples from the Web for dowse
Them hot-headed Kentuckians, y' know, they'd dowse a feller's glim for less 'n that.The Magnetic North|Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
"You are not going to Mr. and Mrs. Dowse, Violet," said he promptly.The Galaxy|Various
To lower down a sail, or to pull down a colour, is to dowse it; and so of many other things.A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed.|Benjamin Waterhouse
Miss Dowse had rejected the proffered stick of candy, and Mercedes sought a chance to give hers away, one end unsucked.Pirate Gold|Frederic Jesup Stimson
In the rooms of that society is preserved the Dowse Library.