- (obsolete) To drench; to soak; to immerse (in water believed to have curative properties).
- 1602, Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall:
- There were many bowssening places, for curing of mad men.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bowssen in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)