degaussing :

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  • n  the process of making a (steel) ship's hull nonmagnetic by producing an opposing magnetic field
  • v  make nonmagnetic; take away the magnetic properties (of)

  • It was turning out huge harbor defense nets, degaussing cable, wiring for battleships and cantonments, signal wire, anchor cables for captive balloons, instrument parts.
  • From a sheet of figures, where an ordinary layman detects only digits, he comes up with funnels, torpedo tubes, extra speed, six new submarines, degaussing gear, winches.

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