verb (used with object), de·bugged, de·bug·ging. Informal.
to detect and remove defects or errors from.
to remove electronic bugs from (a room or building).
Computers. to detect and remove errors from (a computer program).
to rid (a garden, plant, etc.) of insect pests, as by the application of a pesticide.
Origin of debug
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verb -bugs, -bugging or -bugged (tr)
to locate and remove concealed microphones from (a room, etc)
to locate and remove defects in (a device, system, plan, etc)
to remove insects from
- something, esp a computer program, that locates and removes defects in (a device, system, etc)
- (as modifier)a debug program
Word Origin for debug
C20: from de- + bug 1
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