Definition of dowse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dowse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//daʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dowse
    BrE BrE//daʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊz//
     
    he / she / it dowses
    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊzɪz//
     
    past simple dowsed
    BrE BrE//daʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊzd//
     
    past participle dowsed
    BrE BrE//daʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊzd//
     
    -ing form dowsing
    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to look for underground water or minerals by using a special stick or long piece of metal that moves when it comes near water, etc.
  2. 2= douse
  3. Word Originsense 1 late 17th cent.: of unknown origin.
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