a tube, cord, or the like, filled or saturated with combustible matter, for igniting an explosive.
Idioms about fuse
have a short fuse, Informal. to anger easily; have a quick temper.
- fuseless, adjective
- fuselike, adjective
Other definitions for fuse (2 of 2)
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 (def. 1).
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use fuse in a sentence
The gender gap is still wide enough for a crisis like the pandemic to pack it with explosives and light the fuse.
It explained various chemical bonds and radioactive decays and how hydrogen nuclei in the sun are able to overcome their mutual repulsion and fuse, producing sunlight.Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light | Natalie Wolchover | October 20, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Grenell was tapped as foreign policy spokesperson for the Romney campaign in 2012, but after social conservatives blew a fuse, the relationship was ended after only 12 days.Ric Grenell joins RNC as senior adviser for LGBTQ outreach | Chris Johnson | August 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
The spike in growth isn’t long-lived, however, because high levels of the hormone make the growth plates fuse, Dunsworth explained.Males Are the Taller Sex. Estrogen, Not Fights for Mates, May Be Why. | Christie Wilcox | June 8, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Now we are beginning to understand what lights the fuse of these explosions.Mergers of dense stellar remnants are likely trigger for many supernovae | John Barrat | February 24, 2010 | The Smithsonian Insider
Comedian Billy Eichner loves surprising unsuspecting New Yorkers on his fuse show, ‘Billy on the Street.’
In its place came something which, striving to fuse Urdu and Telugu, seemed to devalue both.
There is a short fuse and a certain explosion at the end of this piece of treachery.
The author of the popular Pure and fuse has completed the trilogy with the new book, Burn.
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) | DailyBurn | February 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the French generals reached the Austrian end they found a sergeant of engineers actually proceeding to fire the fuse.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
From the said mixture, although they tried it several times, it was impossible to fuse or melt the said ore.
This Christian device is made of a jam-tin or crock filled with gun-cotton and nails, and has a fuse attached to it.
The fuse is lighted and thrown by hand into the enemy's trench, where it explodes and does much execution.
This is simply made out of an old jam tin, whilst the fuse is lit before firing the charge in the drain-pipe.
British Dictionary definitions for fuse (1 of 2)
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
(tr) to provide or equip with such a fuse
- fuseless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for fuse (2 of 2)
to unite or become united by melting, esp by the action of heat: to 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 fuse: the 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for fuse
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Other Idioms and Phrases with fuse
see blow a fuse.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.