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souse 1

v. soused, sous·ing, sous·es
1. To plunge into a liquid.
2. To make soaking wet; drench.
3. To steep in a mixture, as in pickling.
4. Slang To make intoxicated.
To become immersed or soaking wet.
1. The act or process of sousing.
a. Food steeped in pickle, especially pork trimmings.
b. The liquid used in pickling; brine.
3. Slang
a. A drunkard.
b. A period of heavy drinking; a binge.

[Middle English sousen, probably from Old French *souser, to pickle, from souz, sous, pickled meat, of Germanic origin; see sal- in Indo-European roots.]

souse 2

v. soused, sous·ing, sous·es Archaic
To attack by swooping down on. Used of a bird of prey.
To swoop down, as an attacking hawk does.

[From Middle English souse, swooping motion, alteration of sours, source, a rising; see source.]
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Noun1.sousing - the act of making something completely wet; "he gave it a good drenching"
wetting - the act of making something wet
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References in classic literature ?
"Impossible!" he cried, letting down the pedal of the washing basin in which he had been sousing his healthy red neck.
They disappeared round the curve of the road, and only his sousing footsteps and the top ribbon of Marian's bonnet told where they were.
She beheld the horrible fate that overtook three Papists--two he-babies and a she-baby--who began their career by sousing each other with the Holy Water, and then proceeded to the Machiavelli memorial, dripping but hallowed.