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dowse

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[ dous ]
/ daʊs /
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verb (used with or without object), noun dowsed, dows·ing,
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Other definitions for dowse (2 of 2)

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

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First recorded in 1685–95; originally dialect (SW England); origin obscure

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dowse

douse, dowse
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British Dictionary definitions for dowse (1 of 2)

dowse1
/ (daʊs) /

verb, noun
a variant spelling of douse 1

Derived forms of dowse

dowser, noun

British Dictionary definitions for dowse (2 of 2)

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
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