1. [syn: submersion, immersion, ducking, dousing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Douse \Douse\ (dous), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doused (doust); 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of wetting something by submerging it [syn:
submersion, immersion, ducking, dousing]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
31 Moby Thesaurus words for "dousing":
baptism, burial, burning out, controlling, damping, dip, dipping,
duck, ducking, dunking, dying, engulfment, extinction,
extinguishment, fire fighting, flame-out, going out, immergence,
immersion, inundation, putting out, quenching, sinking,
smotheration, smothering, snuffing, souse, sousing, stifling,