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douse

[dau̇s]
(metallurgy)
To thrust a hot piece of metal into a liquid during the hardening process.
(mining engineering)
To locate and delineate subsurface resources such as water, oil, gas, or minerals.
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Each dowsed phase reversal would represent a phase shift of [pi] between these two wave functions.
We had to call for a mechanical digger to move the debris about while we dowsed it.
In Sri Lanka, for instance, Betz reports that only 27 of the 691 well sites that Schroter dowsed came up "dry"--that is, yielded too little water or water with unacceptable amounts of salt or minerals.