American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stop the fibrillation of (a heart) and restore normal contractions through the use of drugs or an electric shock.
- v. transitive To stop the fibrillation of the heart in order to restore normal contractions, especially by the use of an electric shock.
- v. stop the fibrillation and restore normal contractions, usually by means of electric shocks
“Still, the Academy needs to do something to defibrillate its moribund Oscars ceremony.”
“However, with last week's SEC's complaint against Goldman Sachs, and the calls from the wild to stop the gambling, to restrain Wall Street and to defibrillate ethics, I trust I can bring new attention to the warnings I howled as the lone wolf long ago.”
“Like many Americans who want to help the president succeed, I'm waiting for the Big Idea to come out of the White House that will defibrillate our economy.”
“Wade Phillips is responsible for two of those three things, and at 1-7 Jones was right to do anything he thought might defibrillate his team into action.”
“The entire team stands up and backs away as someone says, “CLEAR!” and they defibrillate him.”
“In this case, it's five days of cycling through Colorado, Utah, and Arizona cost: $1,895 excluding the airfare, and here's the group that has assembled in order to defibrillate their lives with the invigorating jolt of pre-meditated catharsis:”
“If you want them to defibrillate you so many times with the zappers that you start picking up high-def TV channels in your head, they'll do that for you as well.”
“If somebody is standing by and starts CPR and summons the paramedics and if they can arrive and defibrillate, using a defibrillator within the first couple minutes of collapse, they have a reasonable chance to survive.”
“I do everything for people from wipe their butts to defibrillate them.”
“The reality of a black president is the only way to defibrillate the racial inequality of our political system.”
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