a mechanical or electronic device to detonate an explosive charge, especially as contained in an artillery shell, a missile, projectile, or the like.

verb (used with object), fuzed, fuz·ing.

Also fuse. to attach a fuse or fuze to (a bomb, mine, etc.).

Origin of fuze

First recorded in 1635–45; variant of fuse1
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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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