Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove the fangs of (a snake, for example).
  • transitive v. To undermine the strength or power of; make ineffectual: an attempt to defang the opposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove the fangs from (something).
  • v. To render harmless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove the fangs from

Etymologies

de- +‎ fang (Wiktionary)

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