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de·gauss

 (dē-gous′)
tr.v. de·gaussed, de·gauss·ing, de·gauss·es
1. To neutralize the magnetic field of (a ship, for example).
2. To erase information from (a magnetic disk or other storage device).

[de- + gauss.]

de·gauss′er n.

degaussing

The process whereby a ship's magnetic field is reduced by the use of electromagnetic coils, permanent magnets, or other means.
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Noun1.degaussing - the process of making a (steel) ship's hull nonmagnetic by producing an opposing magnetic field
demagnetisation, demagnetization - the process of removing magnetization
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MaSeRs executive team says this destruction process exceeds the capabilities of traditional data security techniques, including hard drive over-writing, de-gaussing and shredding, while also ensuring on the environmental front that the process does not involve burning, exporting or landfilling residual materials.
Destroying the magnetic field on hard drives through delamination eliminates data that even overwriting, de-gaussing and shredding can leave behind.