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Douse  v. t.  (past & past part. doused; pres. part. dousing)  
To plunge suddenly into water; to duck; to immerse; to dowse.
(Naut.) To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly; as, douse the topsail.

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"Douse" Quotes from Famous Books

... warning noises, as that gigantic, lethargic mass was aroused to unwilling motion by the lash of the west wind. The hull of the Shining Light collapsed. 'Twas time to be off. I awoke the fool—who had still soundly slept. The fool would douse the cabin fire, in a seemly way, and put out the lights; but my uncle forbade him, having rather, said he, watch the old craft go down with a warm glow issuing from her. Presently she was gone, all the warmth and comfort and hope of the world expiring in her ...
— The Cruise of the Shining Light • Norman Duncan

... light a little, Jim, For it's getting rather dim, And, with such a storm a-howlin', 'twill not do to douse the glim. Hustle down the curtains, Lu; Poke the fire a little, Su; This is somethin' of a flurry, mother, somethin' ...
— Farm Ballads • Will Carleton

... this pair," laughed the bearded one to his companion at the hatchway. "Now, I'll douse the cabin light, and then we'll cast off. This thing has moved ...
— The Submarine Boys and the Middies - The Prize Detail at Annapolis • Victor G. Durham

... bare me over, ther come a bere, and bore me to wode;[FN564] and the people that saw him, make grete cry, and for fere the bere let me falle, and so with thelke[FN565] poeple I duellid x. yere, and ther I was y-norisshed." When the modir herd tines wordis, she seid, "Withoute douse tines teen my sonys," and ran to hem anon, and fil upon her[FN566] nekkes, and wepte sore for joy, and seid, "Al dere sonys, I am your modir, that your fader left with the maister of the shippe; and I know wele by your wordis ...
— Supplemental Nights, Volume 2 • Richard F. Burton

... studying at night offended my roommates. The lamplight got in their eyes. There were three fellows in the room besides myself. For several nights they advised me to "cut out the higher education, douse that light and come to bed." Finally they spoke about it in the daytime. "Majority rules," they said, "and there's three of us against you. We can't sleep while you have that lamp burning. The light keeps us awake and it also makes the room so hot that the devil couldn't stand it. If ...
— The Iron Puddler • James J. Davis

... yesterday, but couldn't rightly place you till this morning when I smelled your smoke and found I was close to you. Are you going to douse the fire?" ...
— Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods • Jessie Graham Flower

Words linked to "Douse" :   put out, souse, plunge, dunk, extinguish, blow out, draggle, duck, furl, sluice, bate, quench, dowse, slacken, wet, drench, immerse

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