divining rod

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n divining rod forked stick that is said to dip down to indicate underground water or oil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Divining rod a rod, commonly of witch hazel, with forked branches, used by those who claim to be able to discover water or metals under ground by sensing them through such a rod.
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Usage

In literature:

Divination by the rod was also practised by the Egyptians.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
This faculty, indeed, is the divining-rod of the man of science.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
This was a case for the use of the divining-rod.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Divining Rod, the, 368.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
DOWSING FORK OR DIVINING ROD.
"Notes and Queries, Number 213, November 26, 1853" by Various
If the water is stagnant the divining rod is silent.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
The boy's father was a digger for hidden treasure, and used a divining rod to find the proper place to dig wells.
"The Greatest Highway in the World" by Anonymous
Theory and Practice of the Divining Rod.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, October 1887" by Various
The divining-rod is said to be still used in Cornwall, and firmly believed in; nor has this belief been confined to the uneducated.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
The spies of Len Yang's master must have possessed divining rods which plumbed the very secrets of Peter's soul.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
What has not been said for and against the divining-rod of Jacques Aimar?
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
There is no "right divine" in the fell tyrant's rod!
"The Emigrant" by Frederick William Thomas
The divining-rod of England is described by Mr.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
I have seen divining rods used.
"Gold" by Stewart White
How he'd been right, dead right, each time with his divining rod.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
Do you think that Moses' staff was anything else than such a divining-rod?
"The Rebellion in the Cevennes, an Historical Novel" by Ludwig Tieck
But perhaps you know nothing at all about the divining rod.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
DIVINING ROD, of James Aymar, 113.
"Dealings With The Dead" by A Sexton of the Old School
How to prepare a divining rod.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
In the fifteenth century, Basil Valentine, a monk, described the general use of the divining-rod.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
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In poetry:

While tyrants are a smarting scourge
To drive them near to God,
Divine compassion does allay
The fury of the rod.
"Psalm 125" by Isaac Watts
"She proved the chastisement divine,
And bade me kiss the rod:
She taught this rebel heart of mine
Submission to its God.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
The rod bends low, divining land,
And through the sundered water crawls
A garden holding to her hand
With birds and animals
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
Dawn breaks behind the eyes;
From poles of skull and toe the windy blood
Slides like a sea;
Nor fenced, nor staked, the gushers of the sky
Spout to the rod
Divining in a smile the oil of tears.
"Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

The Divining Rod 2010 Santa Lucia Highland Chardonnay is distinguished for its pineapple aromas, citrus flavors, freshness and roundness, according to Mondavi.
Marc Mondavi has launched a new line of wines called Divining Rod.
Marc Mondavi has launched a new line of wines called Divining Rod .
There's no Explanation For The Divining Rod .
My first experience in seeing a divining rod work was in the fall of 1966 when I was visiting my aunt and uncle in Mason County.
It's like one of those pigs that can find truffles, or a salsa divining rod.
Fox News, divining rods, and Satan.
But the question that divides them—Is the US like Greece ?—has quickly become a divining rod for a related debate about the nature of US debt and what should be done about it.
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