Meaning of degauss in English:


Pronunciation /diːˈɡaʊs/


[with object]
  • 1Electronics
    Remove unwanted magnetism from (a television or monitor) in order to correct colour disturbance.

    ‘I degaussed my monitor, but the ghost images remain’
    • ‘Closest thing a programmer has been to a rave is the last time they degaussed their monitor.’
    • ‘But if you degauss a hard disk, you can never use it again.’
    • ‘Otherwise, the tape must be properly degaussed.’
    • ‘It could be that the screen is magnetized and need to be degaussed by a service technician.’
    • ‘I was degaussing it by moving it through a static magnetic field.’
  • 2Destroy the data on (a data storage device) by removing its magnetism.

    • ‘modern drives will get destroyed if they are degaussed’
  • 3 historical Neutralize the magnetic field of (a ship) by encircling it with a conductor carrying electric currents.

    ‘they degaussed the ship successfully but the equipment was very costly’
    • ‘The first part of the experiment took place in 1943 when a powerful electromagnetic field was used to degauss the ship without any damage to electronic equipment on board.’
    • ‘The size arrangement and location of the degaussing coils are based on finite element modelling of the ship structure and major equipment fits.’
    • ‘The ship's degaussing is made up of 25 coils for the ship's structure as a whole and local coils for specific items of equipment.’
    • ‘The most effective counter-measure was degaussing which obliterated the magnetic field of a steel hull.’
    • ‘There was also a degaussing station attached to the establishment, and after the war until 1962 it was used as a Sea Cadet training centre and an Admiralty store.’


1940s (in degauss (sense 3)): from de-+ gauss.