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Douse  v. t.  (past & past part. doused; pres. part. dousing)  
1.
To plunge suddenly into water; to duck; to immerse; to dowse.
2.
(Naut.) To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly; as, douse the topsail.






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"Douse" Quotes from Famous Books



... already; he is gone to Boreham." The fact was, that, as soon as Dyke had left the Captain, he called his favourite servant Douse, without whose advice he never did any thing at that time, and having related the object of Cornet Dyke's visit, he said, "What say you, Douse, to this affair?" "Why," replied Douse, "Damn the Cornet! he is got into the scrape, and let him get out of it himself in the best way he can." Douse gave this advice more for the safety of his own carcase than for the honour of his master; for Douse, who was the groom and the constant attendant ...
— Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 1 • Henry Hunt

... "Douse the engine with oil," directed Rob, as Merritt gave the piece of machinery a final inspection; "and how about that extra set ...
— The Boy Scouts of the Eagle Patrol • Howard Payson

... they have, stand by with your water-jug and douse it at once; then they'll charge forward and all will be well. If they have no candle, fling the water at a venture—fire into the brown! Lest we forget, I'll collar Comrade Jellicoe's jug now and keep it handy. A couple of sheets would ...
— Mike • P. G. Wodehouse

... Another unlucky douse and another half-smothered bleat,—Dorothy released the yearling and plunged to the rescue. "Go after that lamb, Reuby!" she cried, with exasperation in her voice. Reuby followed the yearling, which had disappeared over the orchard slope, upsetting an obstacle ...
— Stories by American Authors (Volume 4) • Constance Fenimore Woolson

... cross-road that leads by the Mineral Spring, and looking towards an opposite shore of the lake, an ascending bank, with a douse border of trees, green, yellow, red, russet, all bright colors, brightened by the mild brilliancy of the descending sun; it was strange to recognize the sober old friends of spring and summer in this new dress. By the by, a pretty riddle or ...
— Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 1 • Nathaniel Hawthorne

... lights moving upon the shore, probably occasioned by the unloading a smuggling lugger from the Isle of Man which was lying in the bay. On the light from the sashed door of the house being observed, a halloo from the vessel of 'Ware hawk! Douse the glim!' alarmed those who were on shore, and the lights ...
— Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated • Sir Walter Scott

... he said, realizing that the others were all agog with excitement, and both Bluff and Will consumed with curiosity. "We must douse the glim, and in the dark change our anchorage. Then, if they come poking over here to-night, looking for us, they won't ...
— The Outdoor Chums on the Gulf • Captain Quincy Allen

... floated and undulated on a travelling road—that chasm before me was black because it was filled with fluid night. Night, I discovered suddenly, was in irresistible movement. It was swift and heavy. It was unconfined. It was welling higher to douse our feeble glims and to founder London, built of shadows on its boundary. It moved with frightful quietness. It seemed confident of its power. It swirled and eddied by the piles of the wharf, and there it found a voice, though that was muffled; yet now and then it ...
— London River • H. M. Tomlinson

... the case, Oglethorpe. And what is more," said the water ghost, "it doesn't make the slightest difference where you are, if I find that room empty, wherever you may be I shall douse ...
— Humorous Ghost Stories • Dorothy Scarborough

... one minute to get out of this house," said Mrs. Crow sharply, to Anderson's consternation. "If you're not gone, I'll douse you with this kettle of scalding water. Open the back door, Edna. He sha'n't take his dirty self through my parlour again. Open ...
— The Daughter of Anderson Crow • George Barr McCutcheon

... 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

... different 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

... scoundrels!" broke from many lips. Jack was about to douse the light, but Hemming told him to let it burn on. "It will serve as a beacon to us, and the felucca's people will not know whether or not we have been deceived by it," ...
— The Three Midshipmen • W.H.G. Kingston

... notes brought two satellites of the main luminary. "Hustle out those chemicals and get 'em to work on the blaze. Rout out all the buckets you can find, and send for more. Call on that crowd out there for volunteers and get a chain started from the stream to these other buildings. Douse 'em—douse 'em good! Don't stop till I tell you to. Fay! You'll know where there are any ladders; ...
— The Monk of Hambleton • Armstrong Livingston

... explained as they progressed. He stopped in front of one of the doors and pressed a button beside it. It slid noiselessly open, revealing, not another room, but a short metal spider ladder. Up this they climbed, one of the guards going first in the half darkness; then a trap-door above opened to douse them with warm ruddy ...
— The Affair of the Brains • Anthony Gilmore

... thinking job," says Mr. Robert. "Of course I might douse the mainsail altogether and run under jib and jigger; but—no, I guess she'll carry it. Ease off on that main ...
— Torchy, Private Sec. • Sewell Ford

... where it 'burns' the most fiercely; [Footnote: The word brunt is a somewhat difficult form to explain. It is probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish brynde, heat. For the dental suffix -t, see Douse, Gothic, p. 101. The suffix is not participial.] the 'haft' of a knife, that whereby ...
— On the Study of Words • Richard C Trench

... 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 descent: there ...
— The Cruise of the Shining Light • Norman Duncan

... boys, it'll be douse sail soon. The sky-born, high-tide Ganges turned to wind! Thou showest ...
— Moby Dick; or The Whale • Herman Melville

... said Jarrow. "I'll douse the glim and let 'em stay. If they want to cut up any didoes we can work the Nuestra back to Manila ourselves and the government'll take care of ...
— Isle o' Dreams • Frederick F. Moore

... promptement, mangez avec faim, bois a loisir et lentement. A l'an soixante et douse, temps est qu'on se house. Vin sur laict c'est souhait, lait sur vin c'est venin Faim fait disner passetemps souper. Le maux terminans en ique, font an medecine la nique. Au morceau restiffe esperon de vin. Vn oeuf n'est rien, deux ...
— Bacon is Shake-Speare • Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence

... 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

... With a foe beneath every wisp of smoke, And a menace in every strip of strand. Up, glasses! Paul Jones was but one of these, Hull, Bainbridge, Decatur, their brothers, too! (Ha! those pirate nights In a ring of foes, When you douse your lights And drive home your blows!) Hats off to ...
— The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915 • Various

... camp-fire. When the ships were some fifteen thousand feet up, Judd's orders caused long light-rays to shaft out from the Star Devil and finger the ground. They rested on the ranch house and then passed on to douse with white the figures of three men standing by the fire. Through the electelscope the pirate chief saw them ...
— Hawk Carse • Anthony Gilmore

... and generation expoundyng what it is of the XII et pulullent toutte corruption et generation declarant que cest des douse ...
— An Introductorie for to Lerne to Read, To Pronounce, and to Speke French Trewly • Anonymous

... you?" Jim Cardegee thundered suddenly, looking up from the spreading of his blankets and encountering the rapt gaze of the other. "It strikes me as 'ow it 'ud be the proper thing for you to draw your jib, douse the glim, an' turn in, seein' as 'ow it worrits you. Jes' lay to that, you swab, or so 'elp me I'll take ...
— The God of His Fathers • Jack London

... am going to douse my head in some cold water. That must have been the strongest brandy and soda that was ever brewed, to ...
— The Illustrious Prince • E. Phillips Oppenheim

... faces and figures and friends we became gradually aware 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

... thundered, addressing the company in general. "If I thought for a minute there was any mockery or make-believe in these meetin's, I—I—" He paused, his chest heaving, and then added, impatiently, but in a milder tone, "Well, go on, go on! What are we waitin' for? Douse ...
— Galusha the Magnificent • Joseph C. Lincoln

... of the war. The favorite topic of the third raconteur was the flush times on Oil Creek in the early '60's, when he had drilled a dry hole near "Colonel Drake's" pioneer venture. And so it would go till it was time to "douse the glim." One thing they all agreed on—that the whiskey was good but the drinks were small on ...
— A Fantasy of Mediterranean Travel • S. G. Bayne

... rocker and pushed Louie in it. "Don't have hysterics if that is what you're aiming at or I'll douse you with cold ...
— The Girls at Mount Morris • Amanda Minnie Douglas

... by; another night Creepin' along to douse Day's golden light; Another dawnin', when the night is gone, To live an' love—an' so ...
— The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke • C. J. Dennis

... Cook, put up another slice, douse it in butter, salt and pepper, and serve it up as you used to do when I employed you at the Astor. Gentlemen, how do you like it, rare ...
— Adrift in the Wilds - or, The Adventures of Two Shipwrecked Boys • Edward S. Ellis

... but known to Friedrich as the ground where Karl XII. gave Schulenburg his beating, ["Near Guhrau" (while chasing August the Strong and him out of Poland), "12th October, 1704:" vague account of it, dateless, and as good as placeless, in Voltaire (Charles Douse, liv. iii.), OEuvres, xxx. 142-145.] which produced the "beautiful retreat" of Schulenburg. The old Feldmarschall Schulenburg whom we used to hear of once,—whose Nephew, a pipeclayed little gentleman, was well known ...
— History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIX. (of XXI.) • Thomas Carlyle

... of 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 the recruits ...
— Ray's Daughter - A Story of Manila • Charles King

... distance the only avenue in which danger was expected. If any master's candle appeared n the hall, the boys had full three minutes' warning, and a single loudly-whispered "cave" would cause some one in each dormitory instantly to "douse the glim," and shut the door; so that by the time of the adversary's arrival, they would all be (of course) fast asleep in bed, some of them snoring in an alarming manner. Whatever noise the master might have heard, it would be ...
— Eric • Frederic William Farrar

... goes vrom der lamp Vene'er der glim I douse. How gan I all dose dings eggsblain To dot schmall ...
— The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.) • Various

... Jack, finally, with a yawn; and as that had been the time set for retiring, he prepared to "douse the glim" as he termed it, ...
— Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise - or, The Dash for Dixie • Louis Arundel

... that it was nat all only ho[-] nesty: but also profitable. Thirdely as con[-] cernyng the easines or difficulty / the praise therof must be considered / parte in the do- er / part in the dede. An easy dede deserueth no great praise / but an harde and a ieoper[-] douse thynge / the soner and the lightlier it is acheued / the more it is ...
— The Art or Crafte of Rhetoryke • Leonard Cox

... sair, that day, I trow, Wi' Sir George Hearoune of Schipsydehouse; Because we were not men enow, They counted us not worth a louse. Sir George was gentle, meek, and douse, But he was hail and het as fire; And yet, for all his cracking crouse[147], He rewd ...
— Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3) • Walter Scott

... "Hi! don't you douse me with that!" yelled the other youth in alarm. Then he started to run away, but the senator's son caught him by one arm and Phil caught him ...
— Dave Porter at Star Ranch - Or, The Cowboy's Secret • Edward Stratemeyer

... 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 head eight points to starboard; thus, a few ...
— Under the Chilian Flag - A Tale of War between Chili and Peru • Harry Collingwood

... to resent it with the true spirit of a Californian, and cast about me for some weapon of personal defense, but saw nothing likely to be available in an emergency of that kind except a small bucket of slush, with which, however, it would be practicable to "douse his glim." This great man, with his attendant, was bound for the sea-baths of Revel, where he would doubtless soon be buffeting the waves like a porpoise—or possibly, in virtue of the commanding powers ...
— The Land of Thor • J. Ross Browne

... lied, I could have packed water easy enough. They don't seem to be no end to it, and I must have come forty mile. You're in for it, Smith. It's goin' to be worse before it's better. If I could only lay in a crick—roll in it—douse my face in it—soak my clothes in it! ...
— 'Me-Smith' • Caroline Lockhart

... Murray, drop scrubbin' that dresser, an' put down, the midlin' pot for stirabout. Be livin' manim an diouol, woman alive, handle yourself; you might a had it boilin' by this. God presarve us!—to be two days widout atin! Be the crass, Katty, if you're not alive, I'll give you a douse o' the churnstaff that'll bring the fire to your eyes! Do ...
— Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories • William Carleton

... the cry!" said Carew, in his hail-fellow-well-met, royal way. "Why, we're the very best of fellows, and the very fastest friends! Come, all to the old Three Lions inn, and douse a can of brown March brew at my expense. To the Queen, to good fair play, and to all the fine fellows in ...
— Master Skylark • John Bennett

... douse the fire," Doctor Joe suggested presently. "He wants to sleep by it, and he'll look after it. Let's ...
— Troop One of the Labrador • Dillon Wallace

... Cole reached for the ion-rocket control. "Douse those lights!" The ship was dark in dark space. The lighted hull of the T-247 drifted away from the little tender—further and further till the giant ship on the far ...
— The Ultimate Weapon • John Wood Campbell



Words linked to "Douse" :   draggle, sluice, slacken, ret, plunge, soak, duck, bate, furl, sop, put out, flush, dip, immerse, dunk, snuff out, quench, remit, bedraggle, blow out, drench, brine, dabble, extinguish, dousing, dowse, wet, roll up



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