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fuse1

[fyooz]
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noun
  1. a tube, cord, or the like, filled or saturated with combustible matter, for igniting an explosive.
  2. fuze(def 1).
verb (used with object), fused, fus·ing.
  1. fuze(def 3).
Idioms
  1. have a short fuse, Informal. to anger easily; have a quick temper.

Origin of fuse1

1635–45; < Italian fuso < Latin fūsus spindle
Related formsfuse·less, adjectivefuse·like, adjective

fuse2

[fyooz]
noun
  1. 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.
verb (used with object), fused, fus·ing.
  1. to combine or blend by melting together; melt.
  2. to unite or blend into a whole, as if by melting together: The author skillfully fuses these fragments into a cohesive whole.
verb (used without object), fused, fus·ing.
  1. to become liquid under the action of heat; melt: At a relatively low temperature the metal will fuse.
  2. to become united or blended: The two groups fused to create one strong union.
  3. Chiefly British. to overload an electric circuit so as to burn out a fuse.
Idioms
  1. blow a fuse, Informal. to lose one's temper; become enraged: If I'm late again, they'll blow a fuse.

Origin of fuse2

1675–85; < Latin fūsus melted, poured, cast, past participle of fundere

Synonyms

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2. See melt1.
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  • They have not been fused in the rapture of some unique mood, not focussed by the intensity of an emotion.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Past and present and future are fused in one glowing symphony.

  • The lower part, a full twenty feet in length, had been fused cleanly off.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • They have fused into and strengthened the better part of me.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • I inspected them myself before we took off and they were fused and armed.

    The Solar Magnet

    Sterner St. Paul Meek


British Dictionary definitions for fused

fuse1

US fuze

noun
  1. 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
  2. any device by which an explosive charge is ignited
  3. blow a fuse See blow 1 (def. 12)
verb
  1. (tr) to provide or equip with such a fuse
Derived Formsfuseless, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fūsus

fuse2

verb
  1. to unite or become united by melting, esp by the action of heatto fuse borax and copper sulphate at a high temperature
  2. to become or cause to become liquid, esp by the action of heat; melt
  3. to join or become combined; integrate
  4. (tr) to equip (an electric circuit, plug, etc) with a fuse
  5. British to fail or cause to fail as a result of the blowing of a fusethe lights fused
noun
  1. 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

C17: from Latin fūsus melted, cast, poured out, from fundere to pour out, shed; sense 5 influenced by fuse 1
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Word Origin and History for fused

fuse

v.

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.

fuse

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fused in Science

fuse

[fyōōz]
Noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Verb
  1. To melt something, such as metal or glass, by heating.
  2. To blend two or more substances by melting.
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Idioms and Phrases with fused

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