- 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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Related Wordsweld, merge, melt, coalesce, combine, integrate, mingle, blend, dissolve, deliquesce, amalgamate, run, solder, federate, join, liquefy, unite, commingle, flux, cement
Examples from the Web for fused
They mixed carbonated water with syrups, and fused them together seamlessly in a frothy cold stream – all on demand.Font of Invention
September 18, 2014
Part of his skill was that he and the television camera were fused into one.‘A Fiery Tribune’
September 1, 2013
He fused bold stylistic efforts with an exploration of the horrors of contemporary Europe.Danilo Kis, the Stylish Historian of Infamy
June 19, 2013
But the content of American religious belief—the way they have fused biblical beliefs with nationalist myths—is distinctive.Why Is American Politics So Religious and Divisive?
Jordan Michael Smith
March 30, 2013
And his whiplash-inducing plots, with their constant twists, fused populist entertainment and deft societal commentary.Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! ‘Lost,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Big Love,’ ‘Veep’ Writers on His Legacy
February 7, 2012
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.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
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
I inspected them myself before we took off and they were fused and armed.The Solar Magnet
Sterner St. Paul Meek
- 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 fused
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 fused
see blow a fuse.