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Douse   /daʊs/   Listen
Douse

verb
(past & past part. doused; pres. part. dousing)
1.
Put out, as of a candle or a light.  Synonym: put out.
2.
Wet thoroughly.  Synonym: dowse.
3.
Dip into a liquid.  Synonyms: dip, duck.
4.
Immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate.  Synonyms: dip, dunk, plunge, souse.  "Dip the brush into the paint"
5.
Lower quickly.
6.
Slacken.  Synonym: dowse.
7.
Cover with liquid; pour liquid onto.  Synonyms: dowse, drench, soak, sop, souse.






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"Douse" Quotes from Famous Books



... of a pair of eyes—a pair of snappy black, female, French eyes. Speaking broadly and allowing for certain Emporia and Wichita exceptions, eyes were no treat to us. Yet we fell to talking blithely of those eyes. Henry said if he had to douse his cigar on deck at night, the captain should make the Princess wear dimmers at night or stay indoors. We were not always sure she was a Princess. At times she seemed more like a Duchess or a Countess, according ...
— The Martial Adventures of Henry and Me • William Allen White

... man from Dicky," he told his mother, "and though, such is her fine character, I'm sure she'd like to do all in her power for Mrs. Pedlar, yet to ask her to put a rope round her neck and douse her light for evermore, married to a man she couldn't love, be a thought out of reason in ...
— The Torch and Other Tales • Eden Phillpotts

... replied the man, "they are still coming this way." Then Jim called up his lieutenant, a young fellow named Manuel, and instructed him to get the ship immediately cleared for action, and to douse every single one of the lights on board at once. He then went back to the bridge, and, as soon as every light on board had been extinguished, ordered the quartermaster at the wheel to turn the ship's ...
— Under the Chilian Flag - A Tale of War between Chili and Peru • Harry Collingwood

... the desert, with dust and desolation spreading far on every hand, the long train had stopped to douse those foul-smelling fires, and, while train-hands pried off the red-hot caps and dumped buckets of water into the blazing cavities, changing malodorous smoke to dense clouds of equally unsavory steam, and ...
— Ray's Daughter - A Story of Manila • Charles King

... cried Jack in a quick, earnest tone; "be ready to douse the sail. I very much fear we won't make the ...
— The Coral Island - A Tale Of The Pacific Ocean • R. M. Ballantyne

... Spell oh! —whew! this is worse than pulling after whales in a calm —give us a whiff, Tash. ( They cease dancing, and gather in clusters. Meantime the sky darkens — the wind rises.) .. Lascar Sailor By Brahma! boys, it'll be douse sail soon. The sky-born, high-tide Ganges turned to wind! Thou showest thy black brow, Seeva! Maltese Sailor ( Reclining and shaking his cap.) It's the waves —the snow's caps turn to jig it now. They'll shake their tassels soon. Now would all the waves were women, then I'd go drown, and ...
— Moby-Dick • Melville



Words linked to "Douse" :   quench, slacken, wet, brine, ret, extinguish, dabble, bate, remit, roll up, flush, bedraggle, blow out, plunge, snuff out, furl, dousing, draggle, sluice, immerse



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