douse vs dowse : Common Errors in English

About douse vs dowse

You douse a fire with water; you dowse for water with a dowsing rod. Unless you are discussing the latter practice, the word you want is “douse.”

douse Meaning(s)

  • (v) put out, as of a candle or a light
  • (v) wet thoroughly
  • (v) dip into a liquid
  • (v) immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
  • (v) lower quickly
  • (v) slacken
  • (v) cover with liquid; pour liquid onto

dowse Meaning(s)

  • (n) searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
  • (v) wet thoroughly
  • (v) use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal
  • (v) slacken
  • (v) cover with liquid; pour liquid onto

douse in News

  1. Norcross apartment residents flee damaging fire

    Residents of the Sienna Heights Apartments in Norcross said there was chaos as they fled the burning complex Wednesday night. Firefighters worked late into the night to douse the fire on Graves Road in Norcross. Investigators said the fire started inside a first-floor unit. “When I went to the door, I saw that the flames were uncontrollable, so I ran out,” resident China Grant said. Another ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WSB-TV 2 Atlanta

  2. 'Masterchef': Gordon Ramsay appreciates (and feeds) firefighters

    On a warm, sunny February day in front of City Hall in Pasadena, Calif., there's a lot of smoke and some fire, but the fire trucks and firefighters on hand aren't there to douse anything -- unless it's hunger pangs.On Wednesday's (June 12) episode of FOX's "Masterchef," the amateur cooks vying for the prize are busy whipping up a steak dinner for 101 assembled firefighters. They're eating in a ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Zap2It

  3. Spurs douse Heat with 3s

    Spurs douse Heat with 3s Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 12:45 am, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Danny Green made seven of the Spurs' finals-record 16 3-pointers, Tim Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs clobbered the Miami Heat 113-77 on Tuesday night to take 2 ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

dowse in News

  • Other attractions near the Nebraska National ForestStory last updated at 11:12 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 1998

    Dowse sod house: This attraction, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is along the Middle Loup River about four miles southwest of Comstock. William Ryan Dowse built the house in 1900 from blocks of heavy earth matted by bluestem grass. The walls are about 2 feet thick. The house is open anytime, and no admission is charged. For more information on a tour, call Eleanor Dowse at ...
    on July 9, 2013 Source: Grand Island Independent

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