- a tube, cord, or the like, filled or saturated with combustible matter, for igniting an explosive.
- fuze(def 1).
- have a short fuse, Informal. to anger easily; have a quick temper.
Origin of fuse1
- Electricity. a protective device, used in an electric circuit, containing a conductor that melts under heat produced by an excess current, thereby opening the circuit.Compare circuit breaker.
- to combine or blend by melting together; melt.
- to unite or blend into a whole, as if by melting together: The author skillfully fuses these fragments into a cohesive whole.
- to become liquid under the action of heat; melt: At a relatively low temperature the metal will fuse.
- to become united or blended: The two groups fused to create one strong union.
- Chiefly British. to overload an electric circuit so as to burn out a fuse.
- blow a fuse, Informal. to lose one's temper; become enraged: If I'm late again, they'll blow a fuse.
Origin of fuse2
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Examples from the Web for fuse
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In its place came something which, striving to fuse Urdu and Telugu, seemed to devalue both.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
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The author of the popular Pure and Fuse has completed the trilogy with the new book, Burn.How I Write: Julianna Baggott
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The classes, which can only be booked as semi-private, fuse the practices of Gyrotonic and Pilates.12 Priciest Fitness Classes (Actually Worth the Splurge)
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McKibben has called Keystone XL “a fuse to the second largest deposit of carbon on the planet.”30 Years to Catastrophe—Bill McKibben’s Mission to Save Us
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But they were detached fires, and they did not fuse into a general mass at any time.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Vard, who had taken out a cigarette, held the tip tranquilly to his fuse.The Greater Inclination
But these excellences, though found in a hareem, will not fuse, as in a poem or a picture.The Book of Khalid
Three may in like manner collide and fuse into a single ring.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
How'n the name of Pluto will he handle things if a fuse blows?The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
- a lead of combustible black powder in a waterproof covering (safety fuse), or a lead containing an explosive (detonating fuse), used to fire an explosive charge
- any device by which an explosive charge is ignited
- blow a fuse See blow 1 (def. 12)
- (tr) to provide or equip with such a fuse
- to unite or become united by melting, esp by the action of heatto fuse borax and copper sulphate at a high temperature
- to become or cause to become liquid, esp by the action of heat; melt
- to join or become combined; integrate
- (tr) to equip (an electric circuit, plug, etc) with a fuse
- British to fail or cause to fail as a result of the blowing of a fusethe lights fused
- a protective device for safeguarding electric circuits, etc, containing a wire that melts and breaks the circuit when the current exceeds a certain value
Word Origin and History for fuse
1680s, "to melt" (transitive), back-formation from fusion. Intransitive sense, "to become liquid," attested from 1800. Figurative sense of "blend different things" is first recorded 1817. Related: Fused; fusing.
"combustible cord or tube for lighting an explosive device," also fuze, 1640s, from Italian fuso "spindle" (so called because the originals were long, thin tubes filled with gunpowder), from Latin fusus "spindle," of uncertain origin. Influenced by French fusée "spindleful of hemp fiber," and obsolete English fusee "musket fired by a fuse." Meaning "device that breaks an electrical circuit" first recorded 1884, so named for its shape, but erroneously attributed to fuse (v.) because it melts.
- A safety device that protects an electric circuit from becoming overloaded. Fuses contain a length of thin wire (usually of a metal alloy) that melts and breaks the circuit if too much current flows through it. They were traditionally used to protect electronic equipment and prevent fires, but have largely been replaced by circuit breakers.
- A cord of readily combustible material that is lighted at one end to carry a flame along its length to detonate an explosive at the other end.
- To melt something, such as metal or glass, by heating.
- To blend two or more substances by melting.
Idioms and Phrases with fuse
see blow a fuse.