defuse

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Etymology 1Edit

de- +‎ fuse

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defuse (third-person singular simple present defuses, present participle defusing, simple past and past participle defused)

  1. To remove the fuse from (a bomb, etc.).
  2. To make less dangerous, tense, or hostile.
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Etymology 2Edit

Compare diffuse.

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defuse (third-person singular simple present defuses, present participle defusing, simple past and past participle defused)

  1. (obsolete) To disorder; to make shapeless.
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Last modified on 10 January 2014, at 15:54