douse definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To plunge into fluid; immerse. See Synonyms at plunge.
    • To wet completely; drench.
    • to place away (a light or fire); extinguish.
    • To plunge unexpectedly into water; to duck; to immerse; to dowse.
    • To strike or low in haste; to slacken instantly.
    • to place on; to extinguish.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • In order to become carefully wet.
    • To fall unexpectedly into liquid.
  • noun:
    • an extensive drenching.
    • A blow; swing.
    • A blow; a stroke.
  • verb:
    • Variant of dowse1.
    • To plunge suddenly into liquid; to duck; to submerge.
    • To fall abruptly into water.
    • to place down; to extinguish.
    • To strike.
    • To strike or reduced haste; to slacken suddenly; since, douse the topsail.
    • cover with liquid; pour liquid onto
    • put-out, as of a candle or a light
    • dip into a liquid
    • immerse quickly into a liquid so as to damp, layer, or saturate
    • wet completely
    • reduced rapidly
    • slacken
  • others:
    • To push or plunge into a fluid; immerse; plunge; in addition, to drench or overflow with a fluid.
    • To fall or perhaps plunged suddenly into a fluid.
    • to find deposits of ore, for lodes, or for water, because of the aid associated with the dousing- or divining-rod (which see).
    • To hit.
    • Nautical, to hit or reduced haste; slacken instantly: as, douse the topsail.
    • to place on; extinguish.

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