Main definitions of dowse in US English:

: dowse1dowse2

dowse1

verb

[no object]
  • 1Practice dowsing.

    ‘water is easy to dowse for’
    • ‘Since at the time I could not dowse with a pendulum, I had no way of confirming if I was successful.’
    • ‘I can tell you of Ph.D. physicists who believe that they can dowse, and who endorse dowsing rods and free-energy machines.’
    • ‘Watching the display, Appelbaum sweeps the antenna slowly, left to right, up and down, dowsing for the source of the signal, which seems to be emanating from an upper floor of a hotel.’
    • ‘This gentleman, a Sea Bee, claimed that he could dowse for gold!’
    • ‘I know mechanics who dowse to determine mechanical problems in cars, and other machinery and maintenance workers who use dowsing to find underground water lines, leaks, and electrical problems.’
    • ‘I also have no doubt that when practiced by someone with a good practical knowledge of field archaeology, dowsing with rods can sometimes hit the jackpot.’
    • ‘In the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine appears this article, which asks, ‘Can homeopaths detect homeopathic medicines by dowsing?’’
    • ‘Now we move on to the main feature, dowsing for water.’
    • ‘Now he happily dowses for earth-radiation with a pair of rods.’
    • ‘Ms. Byron: your article on the woman who claims she can dowse, interests us greatly.’
    • ‘Last week as I was walking back from lunch with a physicist friend, he pointed out a guy about 50 feet away from us, who was using two long thin sticks to dowse for who-knows-what.’
    • ‘Do not worry, young Alouette, you may be lost now, however just take the pendant and dowse, it will show you the way.’
    • ‘Here are two examples - one from Australia, the other from Germany - that involve dowsing to supposedly locate or provide information about alleged archaeological sites.’
    • ‘I think I might have to resort to dowsing for it (I'm serious!)’
    • ‘Periodically, a player will get to dowse for water.’
    • ‘He also uses a crystal to dowse for poisons and blockages in the body, using clients’ nail clippings.’
    1. 1.1with object Search for or discover by dowsing.
      ‘he dowsed a spiral of energy on the stone’
      • ‘So one Sunday morning soon after sunrise we entered the field and made our examinations, buried the bottles and dowsed the formation.’
      • ‘The moments of small victory are often limited to a shopping cart that stays when it is told to or sending a small hope before dowsing the wine aisle for a good vintage.’
      • ‘Temple assures clients that the stones are the real thing; he knows because he dowsed them with a magic pendulum, of course.’
      • ‘Boomtowns sprang up through the United States, particularly in the West, as fast as entrepreneurial spirits could dowse a whiff of extractable resource hiding below the earth's surface.’
      • ‘The experts in this dowsers' society say you can successfully dowse anything at all.’
      search, look, seek, hunt, go after
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Origin

Late 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

dowse

/douz//daʊz/

Main definitions of dowse in US English:

: dowse1dowse2

dowse2

verb

  • variant spelling of douse

Pronunciation

dowse

/douz//daʊz/