to search for a source of water or minerals by walking about while holding a divining rod (dowsing rod)
Origin of dowse; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
intransitive verbdowsed, dows·ing, dows·es also doused or dous·ing or dous·es
To use a divining rod to search for underground water or minerals.
Origin of dowseOrigin unknown.
Variant of douse1.
- A blow on the face.
(third-person singular simple present dowses, present participle dowsing, simple past and past participle dowsed)
- To plunge, or duck into water; to immerse; to douse.
- To beat or thrash.
- To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc.