or fu·zee

[ 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.

Origin of fusee

1580–90; < Middle French fusée spindleful, derivative of Old French fus spindle. See fuse1
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British Dictionary definitions for fusee



/ (fjuːˈziː) /


(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 for fusee

C16: from French fusée spindleful of thread, from Old French fus spindle, from Latin fūsus
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Word Origin and History for fusee



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

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