• WordNet 3.6
    • v dowse cover with liquid; pour liquid onto "souse water on his hot face"
    • v dowse slacken "douse a rope"
    • v dowse use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal
    • v dowse wet thoroughly
    • n dowse searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dowse A blow on the face.
    • Dowse To beat or thrash.
    • Dowse To plunge, or duck into water; to immerse; to douse.
    • v. i Dowse To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc. "Adams had the reputation of having dowsed successfully for more than a hundred wells."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dowse See douse.
    • n dowse See douse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dowse to plunge into water
    • v.t Dowse to strike: to strike or lower a sail
    • v.t Dowse to put out, extinguish (esp. in the slang Douse the glim, put out the light).
    • v.t., v.i Dowse dows See Douse.
    • v.i Dowse dows to use the divining-rod
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OD. doesen, to strike, Norw. dusa, to break


In literature:

Here, dowse your head in this water.
"Maurice Guest" by Henry Handel Richardson
He got out of bed, to dowse his head in a basin of water.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
Dowse takes all marked with three crosses and a dash.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
And could have given him, she told the widow (who related to me all this) a good dowse of the chaps.
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Who's dowsed the lantern?
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
You never even thought of dowsing, did you?
"Subspace Survivors" by E. E. Smith
Me, the hero that dowsed skysails, and they cracking like guns.
"The Wind Bloweth" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Every light was dowsed on board, and the bells were even not allowed to be struck.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Dowse and his wife and daughter ran away whenever they heard there was trouble.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
And if you don't get out o' there in five minutes I'll dowse you with a dipperful.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
Another phase of psychic activity is that illustrated in "dowsing" or water-finding by means of the hazel fork.
"Second Sight" by Sepharial
Culpepper's animation dropped like the light of a torch that is dowsed.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
I must write and explain to Mrs. Dowse.
"The Galaxy" by Various
In the Assembly of 1619 Thomas Dowse and John Polentine represented the "citty of Henricus" and must have spoken for Arrahatock as well.
"The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624" by Charles E. Hatch
Yes, there weer; he puts his arm round her waist, and she give him a dowse in the faace.
"Cursed by a Fortune" by George Manville Fenn
We carefully took her bearings, dowsed our canvas, and pulled leisurely towards her.
"The Secret of the Sands" by Harry Collingwood
Franklin's oldest sister, Elizabeth Dowse, the wife of Captain Dowse, lived to a very great age, and fell into a state of extreme poverty.
"Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I (of 2)" by Wiliam Cabell Bruce
His sister Dowse, 280.
"Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume II (of 2)" by Wiliam Cabell Bruce
On one occasion he dowsed for water in the grounds of the Rev.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
Now, then, up with you, quick; and then I'll dowse the light.
"Yule Logs" by Various

In poetry:

A bleating sheep he dowses now
Or wrestles with ram's terror;
Ah, 'mid the washing's hubbub, how
His sighs reproach thine error!
"Idleness" by Thomas Sturge Moore
"We warn from disaster the mercantile master
Who takes in high Dudgeon our life-saving role,
For every one's grousing at Docking and Dowsing
The marks and the lights on the North Sea Patrol."
"The North Sea Patrol" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Goon Directed by Michael Dowse Magnet Releasing Opens March 30.
Loree Dowse, Special to The Chronicle.
Austin recruit Jessica Dowse scores on an 18-yard overhead volley for Poteet (Mesquite, Texas) against Wylie.
Canadian director Michael Dowse helms the indie comedy, which will be sold worldwide by local distributor Entertainment One Films.
Using dowsing technique to determine melon's ripeness .
Amer Sports general manager Mike Dowse today confirmed the news that Amer is consolidating many of its sports brands in Ogden, Utah.
According to a New York Times article, October 11, 1967, US Marine engineers used dowsing to help save American lives in Viet Nam.
Goon 3.5 stars Directed by Michael Dowse Starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber Rated R.
Seann William Scott takes on the puck in Michael Dowse's " Goon .".
Eugene Levy is joining the cast of Michael Dowse's " Goon ," which is shooting in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Using dowsing technique to determine melon 's ripeness.
Sid Stebel to explain Story Dowsing.
Sid Stebel to explain Story Dowsing.