One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]often as noun degaussing
1Remove unwanted magnetism from (a television or monitor) in order to correct color disturbance.
- ‘But if you degauss a hard disk, you can never use it again.’
- ‘Closest thing a programmer has been to a rave is the last time they degaussed their monitor.’
- ‘Otherwise, the tape must be properly degaussed.’
- ‘I was degaussing it by moving it through a static magnetic field.’
- ‘It could be that the screen is magnetized and need to be degaussed by a service technician.’
- 1.1historical Neutralize the magnetic field of (a ship) by encircling it with a conductor carrying electric currents.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 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 size arrangement and location of the degaussing coils are based on finite element modelling of the ship structure and major equipment fits.’
Mid 20th century: from de- + gauss.
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