v 1: put out, as of a candle or a light; "Douse the lights" [syn: douse, put out] 2: wet thoroughly [syn: douse, dowse] 3: dip into a liquid; "He dipped into the pool" [syn: dip, douse, duck] 4: immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate; "dip the garment into the cleaning solution"; "dip the brush into the paint" [syn: dunk, dip, souse, plunge, douse] 5: lower quickly; "douse a sail" 6: slacken; "douse a rope" [syn: douse, dowse] 7: cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face" [syn: drench, douse, dowse, soak, sop, souse]
I. verbalsodowse (doused; alsodowsed; dousing; alsodowsing) Etymology: perhaps from obsolete English douse to smite Date: 1600 transitive verb1. to plunge into water 2.a. to throw a liquid on ;drenchb.slosh3.extinguish<douse the lights> intransitive verb to fall or become plunged into water • douseralso dowsernounII. nounDate: 1881 a heavy drenching III. nounEtymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1625 Britishblow, strokeIV. transitive verb (doused; dousing) Date: 1627 1.a. to take in ;lower, strike<douse a sail> b.slacken<douse a rope> 2.take off, doff
Douse Douse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doused; p. pr. & vb. n. Dousing.] [Cf. Dowse, and OD. donsen to strike with the fist on the back, Sw. dunsa to fall down violently and noisily; perh. akin to E. din.] 1. To plunge suddenly into water; to duck; to immerse; to dowse. --Bp. Stillingfleet. 2. (Naut.) To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly; as, douse the topsail.
also dowse(douses, dousing, doused) 1. If you douse a fire, you stop it burning by pouring a lot of water over it. The pumps were started and the crew began to douse the fire with water.VERB: V n 2. If you douse someone or something with a liquid, you throw a lot of that liquid over them. They hurled abuse at their victim as they doused him with petrol.VERB: V n with/in n