Pronunciation: (dous), [key]
—v., doused, dous•ing,
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. Informal.to remove; doff.
a. to lower or take in (a sail, mast, or the like) suddenly.
b. to slacken (a line) suddenly.
c. to stow quickly.
to plunge or be plunged into a liquid.
Brit. Dial.a stroke or blow. Also,dowse.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.