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Meaning of douse

douse

Pronunciation: (dous), [key]
— v., n., doused, dous•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to plunge into water or the like; drench: She doused the clothes in soapy water.
  2. to splash or throw water or other liquid on: The children doused each other with the hose.
  3. to extinguish: She quickly doused the candle's flame with her fingertips.
  4. to remove; doff.
    1. to lower or take in (a sail, mast, or the like) suddenly.
    2. to slacken (a line) suddenly.
    3. to stow quickly.
—v.i.
  1. to plunge or be plunged into a liquid.
—n.
  1. a stroke or blow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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