from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove the fuse from (an explosive device).
- transitive v. To make less dangerous, tense, or hostile: a diplomatic move that defused the international crisis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove the fuse from (a bomb, etc.).
- v. To make less dangerous, tense, or hostile.
- v. To disorder; to make shapeless.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To disorder; to make shapeless.
- transitive v. To remove the fuse from; to deactivate (a bomb or other explosive device) or make it ineffective.
- transitive v. To make less dangerous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- etc. See diffuse, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove the triggering device from
One expert who was a chemical weapons specialist with the U.S. government says malls in the U.S. and elsewhere are susceptible to what he calls a defuse threat.
Likewise a vague mention of a 'truth and reconciliation commission' for Balochistan will not in the short-term defuse the situation unless practical and tangible confidence-building measures are taken to assuage the angry Baloch.
Renewing Google's license "was a smart move on the part of the Chinese government to kind of defuse the situation," said Paul Denlinger, an Internet consultant for startups.
At what point is it not enough that the mother can "defuse" the situation -- when the situation shouldn't be occurring in the first place?
While mother Barbara Smith admits that her son has thrown such tantrums before, and was once suspended for knocking over a desk, she believes she should have been allowed to "defuse" the situation without police intervention.
The one that was designed to "defuse" the whole Reverend Wright issue? ...
"Basically, this was a smart move on the part of the Chinese government to kind of defuse the situation," said Paul Denlinger, an Internet consultant for startups.
Knowing Sarkozy, he probably made a pass a Merkel in an attempt to "defuse" the situation.
"Basically, this was a smart move on the part of the Chinese government to kind of defuse the situation so that the Google search engine will still be available in China," said Paul
(This version CORRECTS a quote from the imam 'defuse' instead of 'diffuse'.)
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