There are 2 main definitions of dowse in English:


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Pronunciation: /daʊz


[no object]
1Practise dowsing: water is easy to dowse for
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  • I also have no doubt that when practiced by someone with a good practical knowledge of field archaeology, dowsing with rods can sometimes hit the jackpot.
  • I can tell you of Ph.D. physicists who believe that they can dowse, and who endorse dowsing rods and free-energy machines.
  • I know mechanics who dowse to determine mechanical problems in cars, and other machinery and maintenance workers who use dowsing to find underground water lines, leaks, and electrical problems.
1.1 [with object] Search for or discover by dowsing: he dowsed a spiral of energy on the stone
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  • The experts in this dowsers' society say you can successfully dowse anything at all.
  • The moments of small victory are often limited to a shopping cart that stays when it is told to or sending a small hope before dowsing the wine aisle for a good vintage.
  • So one Sunday morning soon after sunrise we entered the field and made our examinations, buried the bottles and dowsed the formation.


late 17th century: of unknown origin.



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  • Most psychics and dowsers, for example, do not even realize that they need to do controlled tests of their powers to rule out the possibility that they are deceiving themselves.
  • Controlled experiments set up to test the abilities of dowsers have shown that dowsers are no better at finding hidden substances than chance would predict.
  • Every dowsing organization, or dowser, that we have contacted, has ignored this offer.

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