[ dee-gous ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to demagnetize (a ship's hull, electrical equipment, etc.) by means of electric coils.

Origin of degauss

First recorded in 1935–40; de- + gauss

Words Nearby degauss Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for degauss


/ (diːˈɡaʊs, -ˈɡɔːs) /

  1. to neutralize the magnetic field of a ship's hull (as a protection against magnetic mines) using equipment producing an opposing magnetic field

  2. another word for demagnetize

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Scientific definitions for degauss


[ dē-gous ]

  1. 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.

  2. To erase information from a magnetic disk, tape, or other magnetic storage device.

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