Webster's Writer's Dictionary

DOWSE

Dowse [Cf. 1st Douse.]

1. To plunge, or duck into water; to immerse; to douse.

2. Etym: [Cf. OD. doesen to strike, Norw. dusa to break.]

To beat or thrash. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

DOWSE

Dowse

To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc. Adams had the reputation of having dowsed successfully for more than a hundred wells. Eng. Cyc.

DOWSE

Dowse

A blow on the face. [Low] Colman.