Definition of degauss in English:


Pronunciation /dēˈɡous/ /diˈɡaʊs/

transitive verb

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

    • ‘I degaussed my monitor, but the ghost images remain’
  • 2Destroy the data on (a data storage device) by removing its magnetism.

    • ‘modern drives will get destroyed if they are degaussed’
  • 3historical 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’


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