Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To neutralize the magnetic field of (a ship, for example).
  • transitive v. To erase information from (a magnetic disk or other storage device).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reduce or eliminate a magnetic field, especially from the hull of a ship, or from a computer monitor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. To make a (steel) ship's hull nonmagnetic by applying an opposing magnetic field.
  • n. To remove irregular magnetization in (the electron gun of a cathode-ray tube); -- used to improve picture quality, especially in computer monitors.

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

  • v. make nonmagnetic; take away the magnetic properties (of)

Etymologies

de- + gauss.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From de- + gauss. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Computer monitors When you press "degauss" on your monitor, what does it do and how does it work?

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  • Rodda speculated that more sophisticated gear using high frequencies to "degauss" a croc's magnetic sensors - a process similar to erasing a music tape - could be more effective, but said magnets also could do the job.

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  • Olbermann is the next Ed Murrow, I predicted, the way the idea-impaired CBS News brainiacs could degauss themselves of all past mistakes

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  • Or suppose Moseley, a few years later, had not applied the new equations in his laboratory, had not discovered he could degauss the effects of cold iron and release the goetic forces -- We'd have a world dominated by fossil fuels and electricity.

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  • She had toyed with the notion of going to one of the jock hackers she knew for some kind of portable induction coil simply to degauss the stolen computer's circuits; but from what she had read of its specs, she knew its shielding was up to anything a battery was likely to generate, and there was no guarantee she'd be able to tap into the computer's magical electrical source herself.

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  • Someone said, "Up forty or better on your right quadrant, corp'r'l, or the pixies'll degauss your fuses."

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  • His cheeks flushed, his eyes expertly anticipating the appearance-point of each target, Hip said out of the corner of his mouth, "Up forty or better on your right quadrant, corp'r'l, or the pixies'll degauss your fuses."

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  • He even amused himself in gunnery practice by warning his men against low-elevation shelling over his area, because "the pixies would degauss (demagnetize) their proximity fuses".

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  • I've read (but never confirmed) something like this to fix the screen w/o degauss.

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  • Last month we looked at services that degauss and shred hard drives as the ultimate data security measure.

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  • To disregarding the theories of Carl Friedrich Gauss.

    October 17, 2008