divining rod
noun Date: 1751 a forked rod believed to indicate the presence of water or minerals especially by dipping downward when held over a vein

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  • Divining rod — Divining Di*vin ing, a. That divines; for divining. [1913 Webster] {Divining rod}, a rod, commonly of witch hazel, with forked branches, used by those who claim to be able to discover water or metals under ground by sensing them through such a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • divining rod — n. a forked branch or stick used by dowsers and others in seeking water or minerals hidden in the earth: it is believed that when the stick dips downward, the location of water or a mineral deposit is indicated …   English World dictionary

  • Divining rod — A divining rod (also known as dowsing rod) is an apparatus used in dowsing. There are many types of divining rods:* two brass L shaped wire rods (commonly made of brazing or welding rod, but glass or plastic have also been accepted) that are to… …   Wikipedia

  • divining rod — /dəˈvaɪnɪŋ ˌrɒd / (say duh vuyning .rod) noun a rod used in divining, especially a forked stick, commonly of hazel, said to tremble or move when held over a spot where water, metal, etc., is underground …   Australian English dictionary

  • divining rod — a rod, esp. a forked stick, commonly of hazel, supposed to be useful in locating underground water, metal deposits, etc. Also called dowsing rod. [1745 55] * * *       instrument used in dowsing (q.v.). * * * …   Universalium

  • divining rod — n. rod for detecting and searching for mineral and underground water, dowsing rod …   English contemporary dictionary

  • divining rod — divin′ing rod n. a rod, esp. a forked stick, commonly of hazel, supposedly useful in locating underground water or metal deposits Also called dowser • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • divining rod — noun forked stick that is said to dip down to indicate underground water or oil • Syn: ↑dowser, ↑dowsing rod, ↑waterfinder, ↑water finder • Derivationally related forms: ↑dowse (for: ↑dowser) …   Useful english dictionary

  • divining rod — noun rod used for dowsing, a technique of divination used to locate subterranean sources of water, metal, other mineral resources or even various other things through magic, or according to many believers a natural phenomenon …   Wiktionary

  • divining rod — noun a stick or rod used for dowsing …   English new terms dictionary

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