• WordNet 3.6
    • v douse cover with liquid; pour liquid onto "souse water on his hot face"
    • v douse slacken "douse a rope"
    • v douse lower quickly "douse a sail"
    • v douse immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate "dip the garment into the cleaning solution","dip the brush into the paint"
    • v douse dip into a liquid "He dipped into the pool"
    • v douse wet thoroughly
    • v douse put out, as of a candle or a light "Douse the lights"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "dous":tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
    • v. i Douse To fall suddenly into water.
    • Douse To plunge suddenly into water; to duck; to immerse; to dowse.
    • v. t Douse To put out; to extinguish; as, douse the lights. "To douse the glim."
    • Douse (Naut) To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly; as, douse the topsail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Listerine mouthwash can be used as a deoderant. Douse your armpits with it and the smell vanishes within a couple minutes.
    • douse To thrust or plunge into a fluid; immerse; dip; also, to drench or flood with a fluid.
    • douse To fall or be plunged suddenly into a fluid.
    • douse To search for deposits of ore, for lodes, or for water, by the aid of the dousing- or divining-rod (which see).
    • douse To strike.
    • douse Nautical, to strike or lower in haste; slacken suddenly: as, douse the topsail.
    • n douse A blow; a stroke.
    • douse To put out; extinguish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Douse dows to plunge into water
    • v.i Douse to fall suddenly into water
    • v.t Douse dows to strike: to strike or lower a sail
    • n Douse a heavy blow
    • v.t Douse dows to put out, extinguish (esp. in the slang Douse the glim, put out the light).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dowse, and OD. donsen, to strike with the fist on the back, Sw. dunsa, to fall down violently and noisily; perh. akin to E. din,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a corr. of the obs. verb dout below; more likely a particular use of douse, to strike.


In literature:

Until this War, when the street illuminations were doused, we never knew it.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
The jibs I speedily doused and brought tumbling to the deck, but the mainsail was a harder matter.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I guess they're afraid it'll break and douse the people.
"Dorothy's House Party" by Evelyn Raymond
Mr. March, this is pufficly safe and haza'dous, seh, I feels that, seh, but I don't like this runnin' away an' hidin'!
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
But how can we say that it's a fact that the Frostola man somehow doused us with chemical?
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Very early he crawled out of bed and doused himself in the bath-tub.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
Compared wi' a minister's stipend, a judge's salary is stin-pen-dous!
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
We'll make them douse the lights.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
Such characters were also taken to the ducking stool and thoroughly doused in the water.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
Swiftly the wet blankets were spread and doused anew.
"A Soldier's Trial" by Charles King

In poetry:

In wrestling I did much excel
And lov'd to douse a boasting fop,
Nor cared I how or where we fell
Provided I fell on the top.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
This subtle speech was aimed to please
The crow, and it succeeded;
He thought no bird in all the trees
Could sing as well as he did.
In flattery completely doused,
He gave the "Jewel Song" from Faust.
"The Sycophantic Fox And The Gullible Raven" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
A nightmare passion. Horror mixed with bliss.
Blood, writhing fish… Before it makes you sicker
You'd better stop. Come, douse the flames. Move quicker.
Push it all overboard!.. Smoke. Steam. A hiss.
"In An Estuary" by Ivan Bunin
Raise the light a little, Jim,
For it's getting rather dim,
And, with such a storm a-howlin', 'twill not do to douse the glim.
Hustle down the curtains, Lu;
Poke the fire a little, Su;
This is somethin' of a flurry, mother, somethin' of a--whew!
"Johnny Rich" by William McKendree Carleton
But you've got a handsome eye,
And, although I can't tell why,
Somethin' somewhere in you always lets you get another try:
So, for all that I have said,
I'll not douse you; but, instead,
I will strip you, I will rub you, I will put you into bed!
"Johnny Rich" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Crews douse season's first major wildfire.
'Madagascar 3' tracking to douse 'Prometheus'.
Fire at Sartell's Verso Paper Mill Continues to Burn, Effort Underway to Douse Hot Spots.
Rangers douse Devils in easy Game 1 win.
Chinese Bank Earnings May Not Douse Citizens' Anger.
Firefighters in Dumas douse mid-town blaze.
Crews douse fire at Washington's largest oil refinery.
Sazerac seeks to douse competitor's whiskey pitch.
(AP) — Firefighters doused a blaze on the roof of a Tyson Foods facility in Springdale.
Colorado Lawmakers Douse Wildfire Insurance Bill.
YSU men start hot, douse Flames.
Rain Didn't Douse the Enthusiasm.
But where's the water to douse the flames.
INTERVIEWS DIIV 'Doused' 'Letterman' During Network TV Debut.
Click on the slideshow to see photos of firefighters' efforts to douse the flames.

In science:

The three principal sources of reddening values are the compilations of la Dous (1991), Verbunt (1987) and Bruch & Engel (1999).
Far Ultraviolet Spectral Analysis of the Prototype Nova-Like Variable VY Sculptoris from the High State to the Low State
The proofs of Hestir and Panchenko first apply the Al dous-Hoover Theorem, which represents (Rij )i,j using the structure of a general two-dimensional exchangeable array.
Exchangeable random measures
MRB wishes to thank the staff at IUE Vilspa for their help and co-operation during his visits there, in particular John Fernley, Constance la Dous and Richard Monier.
A search for hidden white dwarfs in the ROSAT EUV survey
When plotted in galactic coordinates (la Dous 1993a), it is immediately apparent that nova-likes are found in equal numbers in the galactic plane and at high galactic latitudes, with no tendency for their numbers to increase towards the galactic centre.
The Nova-like Variables