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degauss   (dē-gous')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. To neutralize or rebalance the magnetic field of a magnetized object, such as a computer monitor or the read/write head of a disk drive or tape recorder.

  2. To erase information from a magnetic disk, tape, or other magnetic storage device.

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