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dowse (v.)

"to search for deposits of ore, water, etc., by a dowsing rod," 1690s, a south England dialect word of uncertain origin, said to have been introduced to Devon by German miners in Elizabethan times. Related: Dowsed; dowsing.

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Definitions of dowse
1
dowse (v.)
wet thoroughly;
Synonyms: douse
dowse (v.)
use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal;
dowse (v.)
slacken;
Synonyms: douse
dowse (v.)
cover with liquid; pour liquid onto;
Synonyms: drench / douse / soak / sop / souse
2
dowse (n.)
searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod;
Synonyms: dowsing / rhabdomancy
From wordnet.princeton.edu