verb[with object] (often as noun degaussing) Electronics
1Remove unwanted magnetism from (a television or monitor) in order to correct color disturbance.
- 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.
1.1 historical Neutralize the magnetic field of (a ship) by encircling it with a conductor carrying electric currents.
- 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.
- Example sentences
- On a DLT tape with 80GB of compressed data, an industrial strength degausser must be employed.
- The only magnets powerful enough to scrub data from a drive platter are laboratory degaussers or those used by government agencies to wipe bits off media.
- Devices known as ‘degaussers’ are routinely used for this purpose.
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