Definition of Dowse

1. Noun. Searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod.

Exact synonyms: Dowsing, Rhabdomancy
Generic synonyms: Divination, Foretelling, Fortune Telling, Soothsaying
Derivative terms: Rhabdomancer



2. Verb. Wet thoroughly. "Water and alcohol dowse the cloth"
Exact synonyms: Douse
Generic synonyms: Wet

3. Verb. Use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal.
Generic synonyms: Divine
Derivative terms: Dowser, Dowser, Dowsing

4. Verb. Slacken. ; "Douse a rope"
Exact synonyms: Douse
Generic synonyms: Remit, Slacken

5. Verb. Cover with liquid; pour liquid onto. "They dowse the cloth with water and alcohol"; "Souse water on his hot face"
Exact synonyms: Douse, Drench, Soak, Sop, Souse
Generic synonyms: Wet
Specialized synonyms: Brine, Bedraggle, Draggle, Bate, Ret, Flush, Sluice
Derivative terms: Soaker, Soaking, Souse, Sousing

Definition of Dowse

1. v. t. To plunge, or duck into water; to immerse; to douse.

2. v. i. To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc.

3. n. A blow on the face.

Definition of Dowse

1. Noun. A blow on the face. ¹

2. Verb. To plunge, or duck into water; to immerse; to douse. ¹

3. Verb. To beat or thrash. ¹

4. Verb. To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dowse

1. to search for underground water with a divining rod [v DOWSED, DOWSING, DOWSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dowse

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downzoned
downzones
downzoning
dowp
dowps
dowral
dowress
dowresses
dowries
dowry
dowryless
dows
dowsabel
dowsabels
dowse (current term)
dowsed
dowser
dowsers
dowses
dowset
dowsets
dowsing
dowsing rod
dowsing rods
dowsings
dowst
dowsts
dowt
dowts

Literary usage of Dowse

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1. American Journal of Education (1857)
"He was the son of Eleazer dowse, and a descendant of Lawrence dowse, ... This library, which he had spent a lifetime in collecting, Mr. dowse felt unwilling ..."

2. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"dowse (i), to strike in the face. (E. ?) Apparently the same as Douse i above). ... dowse (2), to immerse; see Douse, Prob, the same as dowse (i). Doxology. ..."

3. Biographical History of Massachusetts: Biographies and Autobiographies of by Samuel Atkins Eliot (1906)
"Edmund dowse was the son of Benjamin dowse, a leather dresser, manufacturer and farmer of ... Lawrence dowse, who came from Broughton in Hampshire County, ..."

4. Heralds of a Liberal Faith by Samuel Atkins Eliot (1910)
"He was the second son of Dr. Peter Gilman Robbins, his mother's maiden name being Abba dowse. It was thought by many of his friends that Chandler Robbins ..."

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