defusing

defuse

[dee-fyooz]
verb (used with object), defused, defusing.
1.
to remove the fuze from (a bomb, mine, etc.).
2.
to make less dangerous, tense, or embarrassing: to defuse a potentially ugly situation.
verb (used without object), defused, defusing.
3.
to grow less dangerous; weaken.
Also, defuze.


Origin:
1940–45; de- + fuse1

defuser, noun

defuse, diffuse.
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defuse or sometimes (US) defuze (diːˈfjuːz)
 
vb
1.  to remove the triggering device of (a bomb, etc)
2.  to remove the cause of tension from (a crisis, etc)
 
 
defuze or sometimes (US) defuze
 
vb
 

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defuse
1943, from de- + fuse.
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