- v. present participle of defuse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb).
- n. the act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb)
“Though short on details, the informal agreement on exchange rates is seen as a step forward in defusing tensions that could lead to protectionism and possible trade wars.”
“As an African American, she might also have an advantage in defusing some of the racial tensions that dogged Rhee.”
“As an African American, she might also have an advantage in defusing some of the racial tensions that dogged Rhee, whose support was strongest in predominantly white neighborhoods.”
“Currency markets resumed their intense downward pressure on the U.S. dollar, further lifting currencies of emerging markets, with few signs that global financial officials made progress in defusing tensions in last weekend 's talks in Washington”
“Currency markets, seeing few signs global financial officials made progress in defusing tensions in last weekend 's talks in Washington, Thursday resumed their seemingly relentless determination to push down the U.S. dollar, particularly against currencies of emerging markets.”
“Diffuse means being spread over an area; defuse means rendering something harmless, as in defusing a bomb.”
“While Stevenson — who, as UN ambassador under JFK, would play a crucial role in defusing the missile crisis — was on the stump, a woman stood up and declared, “All thinking people should vote for Governor Stevenson!””
“Paige and Paige claim that male circumcision originally functioned as a vehicle for attempting to achieve by means of ritual what could not be accomplished by means of political arrangement: that is, the defusing of possible competitive claims by male progeny for the same limited resources.”
“They talked for nearly four hours over dinner, adjourning to the hotel bar to discuss the idea of defusing insurgency by putting social science to work in the war zone.”
“Ideas such as defusing the Arab-Israeli conflict, an easing of Iraqi sanctions and “reducing the restrictions on oil investments inside Iraq” are at odds with the policies the Administration is pursuing.”
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