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fuzee

[fyoo-zee]
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noun
  1. fusee.
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fusee

or fu·zee

[fyoo-zee]
noun
  1. a wooden friction match having a large head, formerly used when a larger than normal flame was needed.
  2. a red flare light, used on a railroad as a warning signal to approaching trains.
  3. Horology. a spirally grooved, conical pulley and chain arrangement for counteracting the diminishing power of the uncoiling mainspring.
  4. fuse1(def 1).
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Origin of fusee

1580–90; < Middle French fusée spindleful, derivative of Old French fus spindle. See fuse1
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Historical Examples

  • The usual process to-day is to substitute a modern eight-day "fuzee" movement for the old thirty-hour "verge."

    Little Books About Old Furniture. Volume II. The Period of Queen Anne

    J. P. Blake

  • I was obliged to quit my fuzee, and with great difficulty escaped being carried down the fall.

    A Battle Fought on Snow Shoes

    Mary Cochrane Rogers


British Dictionary definitions for fuzee

fuzee

noun
  1. a variant spelling of fusee
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fusee

fuzee

noun
  1. (in early clocks and watches) a spirally grooved spindle, functioning as an equalizing force on the unwinding of the mainspring
  2. a friction match with a large head, capable of remaining alight in a wind
  3. an explosive fuse
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Word Origin

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

fusee

n.

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

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