fuse 1 [ fyooz ] SHOW IPA / fyuz / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun a tube, cord, or the like, filled or saturated with combustible matter, for igniting an explosive. verb (used with object), fused, fus·ing.
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Idioms about fuse have a short fuse, Informal. to anger easily; have a quick temper. Origin of fuse 1
First recorded in 1640–50; from Italian
fuso, from Latin fūsus “spindle” (i.e., a spindle-shaped tube filled with combustible matter) OTHER WORDS FROM fuse fuseless, adjective fuselike, adjective Other definitions for fuse (2 of 2) fuse 2 [ fyooz ] SHOW IPA / fyuz / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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). verb (used with object), fused, fus·ing. 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. verb (used without object), fused, fus·ing. 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. Origin of fuse 2
First recorded in 1675–85 for the verb; from Latin
fūsus “melted, poured, cast,” past participle of fundere
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fused bold stylistic efforts with an exploration of the horrors of contemporary Europe.
But the content of American religious belief—the way they have
fused biblical beliefs with nationalist myths—is distinctive.
The former president
fused folksiness and wonkiness in boosting his successor.
fused with twenty-three libras of lead, nothing was obtained from the said assay.
Or take Glinkas Night in Madrid; in what a masterly fashion the various sections of this overture are
But (in the Divinity) (these three, choice, being and will) do not form a multiplicity; they must be considered as having
My wife tol' me zuzzer day she saw piece Crown Derby 'n' fainted dead way, 'n' r'
fused t' come to f'r half 'n hour.
Health interests are
fused with social and economic development, but should undoubtedly dominate rather than be dominated by them. SEE MORE EXAMPLES SEE FEWER EXAMPLES British Dictionary definitions for fuse (1 of 2) noun 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 verb (tr) to provide or equip with such a fuse Derived forms of fuse fuseless, adjective Word Origin for fuse
C17: from Italian
fuso spindle, from Latin fūsus British Dictionary definitions for fuse (2 of 2) verb 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 noun 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 for fuse
C17: from Latin
fūsus melted, cast, poured out, from fundere to pour out, shed; sense 5 influenced by fuse 1
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Scientific definitions for fuse Noun 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. Verb To melt something, such as metal or glass, by heating. To blend two or more substances by melting.
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