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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A Mars-Venus mashup says a bond with a buddy of the opposite sex could morph into a business partnership fusing twin ideologies.
It asserted itself first as a penetrating and emphatic smell of burning rubber,—it was caused by the fusing of an electric wire.
The processes varied, but the firing or fusing was the same throughout.
Reaumur was probably the first to show that steel could be made by fusing malleable iron with cast-iron.
On the contrary, it was corrugated and pitted, with here and there patches that showed signs of heat and fusing.
The opening on the top of the bulb is made by melting on a bead of glass, expanding, bursting, and fusing the ragged edges.
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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