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or fuzee

[fyoo-zee] /fyuˈzi/
a wooden friction match having a large head, formerly used when a larger than normal flame was needed.
a red flare light, used on a railroad as a warning signal to approaching trains.
Horology. a spirally grooved, conical pulley and chain arrangement for counteracting the diminishing power of the uncoiling mainspring.
fuse1 (def 1).
Origin of fusee
1580-90; < Middle French fusée spindleful, derivative of Old French fus spindle. See fuse1 Unabridged
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  • The old form of spring became weaker as it was unwound and necessitated the use of a device called a fusee or spiral drum.

  • Old muskets fired by a fusee, with a prong to rest the barrel on.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet A. Henry Savage Landor
  • This gave rise to the invention of the stack-freed and fusee, both contrivances to equalize the power of the mainspring.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • The principle of the "drum and fusee" action will be understood from Fig. 201.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • The abandonment of the key nullified the usefulness of the fusee, although some keyless fusee movements were attempted.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • I cautiously presented my fusee but did not dare to fire against the orders.

    Crooked Trails Frederic Remington
  • fusee ChainA very delicate steel chain connecting the barrel with the fusee of a watch, chronometer or clock.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • The other day, on the pier at Boulogne, I lit a fusee for the purpose of having a smoke.

    Days and Nights in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • He quickly manufactured a fusee, so that the mass would not blaze up until the yard was fixed.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • Taking a cigar from his case and nipping off the end, he rasps a fusee to light it.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for fusee


(in early clocks and watches) a spirally grooved spindle, functioning as an equalizing force on the unwinding of the mainspring
a friction match with a large head, capable of remaining alight in a wind
an explosive fuse
Word Origin
C16: from French fusée spindleful of thread, from Old French fus spindle, from Latin fūsus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fusee

also fuzee, type of light musket, 1660s, from French fusil (see fusilier).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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