- 1Pour a liquid over; drench: he doused the car with gasoline and set it on fireMore example sentences
- Her t-shirt was doused in some liquid most likely liquor.
- Water passes through vents with each flush and is doused with fragrant liquid.
- Cupping my hands of the cool liquid, I doused my face in it, staring up at my wet faced reflection in the mirror blankly.
- 1.1Extinguish (a fire or light): stewards appeared and the fire was doused • figurative nothing could douse her sudden euphoriaMore example sentences
- At the airfield, chaos reigned as rescue crews equipped with fire extinguishers doused the flames emanating from the downed fighter.
- He sprung into action, grabbing the lab's fire blanket and dousing the flames that were playing across the workbench.
- It was only as the fire brigade doused the final embers in my gutted home that I wondered if perhaps the invite had been a subtle Valentine's message after all.
- 1.2 Sailing Lower (a sail) quickly.More example sentences
- Genoas were doused and mainsails on both boats slatted idly in still air as they passed through the Gap on the quiet high tide.
- Some shielded their eyes from the intense lights as others began to douse the ship's sails, accepting the fact that their voyage had come to an early end.
- My older brothers would clunk along the deck above, hauling on lines, and shouting to each other in the wind as they struggled to douse the flapping sails.
early 17th century: perhaps imitative, influenced by souse, or perhaps from dialect douse 'strike, beat', from Middle Dutch and Low German dossen.