water witch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n water witch someone who uses a divining rod to find underground water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Water witch (Zoöl) The dabchick.
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Usage

In literature:

But after a time, the witch found a ford through the water, hurried across, and was soon close behind the maiden again.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
He had completed his novel of "The Water Witch" and wished to print and publish it in that city.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
In Poland and America, witches, or supposed witches, were also put to death by fire and water.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
She had watched them rowing about in the "Water Witch" and had decided that they possessed neither skill nor speed.
"Madge Morton's Secret" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
He bathed the lump with cold water and put on some witch-hazel, which made it feel better.
"Randy of the River" by Horatio Alger Jr.
While the witch was swimming across the water, Prince Ivan got a long way ahead.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
We heard the name of Jeffreys whispered in corners, and trembled as if it had been a witch's spell to make our blood into water.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
Water's antagonism to witches is notorious; and ample use was made of it in the old witch trials.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
The Water Witch was written in Italy and first printed in Germany.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
However, it was not so much his power to find water that strengthened the faith of people in the water witch.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
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In poetry:

"They lie, they lie, my father dear!
No foul old witch is she,
But sweet and good and crystal-pure
As Wenham waters be."
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And now she walks alone our girl,
Aloof from all life’s joys and pains;
The witch’s kiss is on her brow,
The dancing water in her veins.
"The Water-Witch" by Alice Guerin Crist
And while we watched with drowsy eyes
The shimmering sunlight on the plain,
The water-witch within the stream
Arose and stood between us twain.
"The Water-Witch" by Alice Guerin Crist
As mad sexton's bell, tolling
For earth's loveliest daughter
Night's dumbness breaks rolling
Ghostily:
So our boat breaks the water
Witchingly.
"Song On The Water." by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Shallow and cold as water’s self!
And my warm heart that loves her well
Can only breathe a prayer to Heaven
To break the water witch’s spell.
"The Water-Witch" by Alice Guerin Crist
"He is either himsell a devil frae hell,
Or else his mother a witch maun be;
I wad na have ridden that wan water
For a' the gowd in Christentie."
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Ilene discusses water witching and a nice Chardonnay.
Clear winter nights offer hardy observers a witch in the waters of the River and a dwarf in the flames of the Furnace.
Ditch Witch 2450GR ground-penetrating radar system locates and detects electric, water, sewer, gas conduit, piping, and communications cable.
MILLBURY — The Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion are hosting a children's Halloween tea called "Witch Way to the Mansion" at 3 pm Oct 28.
Witches' brew: CO2 from water pollution interacts with CO2 from atmosphere in a warming ocean to intensify acidification: Witches: ~Brenda-Starr.
The cast and crew of the new TV pilot "Witches of East End" set up shop at Market and Water Streets today.
High up on Trotter's bucket list: the Water Witch and R.G.
The white marlin hit a Sea Witch lure with a weighted J- hook in water just over 71 degrees.
Native Americans and early settlers often would use a pliant branch of witch hazel for water witching or dousing, in the belief that it would bend toward an underground water source.
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