Definition of Dowsing

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

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



Definition of Dowsing

1. Noun. The practice of seeking water or other substances (usually liquid) with the aid of a forked stick or similar pointing device, as believed by some practitioners to derive from supernatural power. ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of dowse) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dowsing

1. dowse [v] - See also: dowse

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dowsing

dowress
dowresses
dowries
dowry
dowryless
dows
dowsabel
dowsabels
dowse
dowsed
dowser
dowsers
dowses
dowset
dowsets
dowsing (current term)
dowsing rod
dowsing rods
dowsings
dowst
dowsts
dowt
dowts
dowve
dowves
dox
dox-sl
doxacurium
doxacurium chloride
doxanthrine

Literary usage of Dowsing

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1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1888)
"In 1642 his eldest brother, Simon dowsing of Laxfield, is mentioned as lending ... Of these dowsing was appointed visitor of the Suffolk churches under a ..."

2. The East Anglian: Or, Notes and Queries on Subjects Connected with the by Charles Harold Evelyn White (1866)
"Sarah dowsing, bapt. 1st Novr, 1622. It is probable that William dowsing (the ... Elizabeth, the seventh child of Simon dowsing, was married 12th May, 1654, ..."

3. Essays in Psychical Research by Ada Goodrich-Freer (1899)
"dowsing for metals.—6. dowsing for water, 1630.—7. dowsing for criminals, 1692. ... dowsing in our own century.—10. The nature of the power, ..."

4. A System of Instruction in X-ray Methods and Medical Uses of Light, Hot-air by Samuel Howard Monell (1902)
"The dowsing Radiant-Heat and Light Treatment.—This new form of light apparatus had its origin in attempts to solve the problem of cooking and of heating ..."

5. Cases Argued and Adjudged in the High Court of Chancery [1680-1719 by Great Britain Court of Chancery, John Raithby, Thomas Vernon (1828)
"And .so is the common case upon au appeal from a rate at the quarter sessions. (3) Vide Ansley v. dowsing, Stra. VOL. I. Case 246. ..."

6. A History of Cambridgeshire by John William Edward Conybeare (1897)
"Civil War — Associated counties — Royalist march on Cambridge — Ecclesiastical disturbances — dowsing — Profanation of churches — Ejection of incumbents ..."

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