• WordNet 3.6
    • v defuse remove the triggering device from
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • defuse To disorder; to make shapeless.
    • defuse To make less dangerous; as, to defuse a tense confrontation between demonstrators and police.
    • defuse To remove the fuse from; to deactivate (a bomb or other explosive device) or make it ineffective.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defuse etc. See diffuse, etc.
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  • Jack Nicholson
    Jack Nicholson
    “A star on a movie set is like a time bomb. That bomb has got to be defused so people can approach it without fear.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Diffuse


In literature:

The stem of the black alder of this country before mentioned as arriving to great size, is simply branching and defuse.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
In a sense, this first trip of a ship out to the Platform had some of the aspects of defusing a bomb.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
The Ch'an monasteries, deliberately or not, worked hard to defuse many of these complaints.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover

In news:

South Carolina's state police and officers from around the Southeast are showing off their bomb defusing skills at a demonstration in Bowman.
During Thursday's announcement, Watson sought to defuse concern about his relationship with Tiger Woods.
But ever since last year, some economists and legal scholars have suggested that the "platinum coin option" is one way to defuse a crisis if Congress can't or won't lift the debt ceiling soon.
Mohammed Morsi offers nothing to defuse crisis.
Egypt President Morsi offers nothing to defuse crisis.
Mohammed Mursi tries to defuse tension.
Iraqi military leaders agreed on Monday with commanders from the Kurdistan region to defuse tension and discuss pulling their troops back from an area over which they both claim jurisdiction.
Clinton to Visit Middle East in Move to Defuse Gaza Conflict.
Campaign Tries to Help Defuse Bullying.
Pups look to defuse Chargers in grid test.
In an attempt to defuse racial profiling against them after the event in Libya, local Muslims play into it.
Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi calls for a meeting with the opposition on Saturday to defuse a political crisis, after violent clashes leave five dead and hundreds injured.
Hard to defuse Rangers' 3-4 dynamite .
On Nov 30, 2010, Arizona lawmakers passed legislation fire officials still scramble to defuse.
Hoping to defuse the situation, the officer drew his weapon and retreated several times.

In science:

However, suppose Bob is busy defusing a bomb and Alice is shouting from a distance which wire to cut : she will not say “the blue wire” just once, and hope that Bob heard correctly.
Quantum Computing
Therefore an estimation of possible contribution of the defused part of magnetic field should be made.
Synchrotron radiation contributions to optical diffraction radiation measurements
There are no (insuperable) empirical obstacles to determining the status of objects in this scheme, and much of the cultural heat could be defused.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Rosenwald A, et al (2002) The use of molecular profiling to predict survival after chemotherapy for defuse large -b-cell lymphoma.
Bias Plus Variance Decomposition for Survival Analysis Problems