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  1. a mechanical or electronic device to detonate an explosive charge, especially as contained in an artillery shell, a missile, projectile, or the like.
  2. fuse1(def 1).
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verb (used with object), fuzed, fuz·ing.
  1. Also fuse. to attach a fuse or fuze to (a bomb, mine, etc.).
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Origin of fuze

First recorded in 1635–45; variant of fuse1
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Historical Examples of fuze

  • The mortar did not use a wad, because a wad prevented the fuze of the shell from igniting.

    Artillery Through the Ages

    Albert Manucy

  • The main trouble with this fuze, however, was that it did not always ignite!

  • Fuze—a device to ignite the charge of a shell or other projectile.

  • The ends of the match were crossed into a sort of rosette at the head of the fuze.

  • If the fuze had to be withdrawn, there was a fuze extractor for the job.

British Dictionary definitions for fuze


  1. mainly US a variant spelling of fuse 1
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Word Origin and History for fuze


see fuse (n.).

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