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divining

[də′vīn·iŋ]
(mining engineering)
An unscientific method for searching for subsurface water or minerals by means of a divining rod. Also known as dowsing.
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Abstract: Lance van Sittert, "The Supernatural State: Water Divining and the Cape Underground Water Rush, 1891-1910"
The example of water divining in southern Africa, however, suggests that the irrational was as much a feature of western as indigenous knowledge systems.
That report has stirred the curiosity of many scientists who have regarded divining as parlor trickery or subconsciously prompted muscle movements.