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degauss

[ dee-gous ]
/ diˈgaʊs /
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verb (used with object)
to demagnetize (a ship's hull, electrical equipment, etc.) by means of electric coils.
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Origin of degauss

First recorded in 1935–40; de- + gauss
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British Dictionary definitions for degauss

degauss
/ (diːˈɡaʊs, -ˈɡɔːs) /

verb (tr)
to neutralize the magnetic field of a ship's hull (as a protection against magnetic mines) using equipment producing an opposing magnetic field
another word for demagnetize
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Scientific definitions for degauss

degauss
[ dē-gous ]

To neutralize or rebalance the magnetic field of a magnetized object, such as a computer monitor or the read/write head of a disk drive or tape recorder.
To erase information from a magnetic disk, tape, or other magnetic storage device.
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