dowse

1
[ dous ]
/ daʊs /

verb (used with or without object), dowsed, dows·ing, noun

Definition for dowse (2 of 3)

dowse2
[ douz ]
/ daʊz /

verb (used without object), dowsed, dows·ing.

to search for underground supplies of water, metal, etc., by the use of a divining rod.

verb (used with object), dowsed, dows·ing.

to search for (as water) by or as if by dowsing.

Origin of dowse

2
First recorded in 1685–95; orig. dial. (SW England); origin obscure

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dowse

douse dowse

Definition for dowse (3 of 3)

douse

or dowse

[ dous ]
/ daʊs /

verb (used with object), doused, dous·ing.

verb (used without object), doused, dous·ing.

to plunge or be plunged into a liquid.

noun

British Dialect. a stroke or blow.

Origin of douse

First recorded in 1590–1600; origin uncertain

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH douse

douse dowse
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British Dictionary definitions for dowse (1 of 4)

dowse1
/ (daʊs) /

verb, noun

a variant spelling of douse 1

Derived forms of dowse

dowser, noun

British Dictionary definitions for dowse (2 of 4)

dowse2
/ (daʊz) /

verb

(intr) to search for underground water, minerals, etc, using a divining rod; divine

Derived forms of dowse

dowser, noun

Word Origin for dowse

C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for dowse (3 of 4)

douse1

dowse

/ (daʊs) /

verb

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)

noun

an immersion

Derived forms of douse

douser or dowser, noun

Word Origin for douse

C16: perhaps related to obsolete douse to strike, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for dowse (4 of 4)

douse2
/ (daʊs) /

verb (tr)

nautical to lower (sail) quickly
archaic to strike or beat

noun

archaic a blow

Word Origin for douse

C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to douse 1
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