WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fuse1 /fyuz/USA pronunciationn. [countable]
a tube, cord, or the like, filled or saturated with matter that burns easily and rapidly, used for igniting an explosive.
a mechanical or electronic device for detonating an explosive charge.
fuse2 /fyuz/USA pronunciation
n., v., fused, fus•ing.
- have a short fuse, [no obj][Informal.]to anger easily;
have a quick temper.
Electricitya safety device containing a material that conducts electricity that will melt when too much current runs through an electric circuit, breaking the circuit.
to (cause to) combine or blend by melting together;
melt: [no object]The metal fused under the extreme heat.[~ + object]The extreme heat will fuse these elements together.
[~ + object] to cause to unite; blend:The author skillfully fuses these details into an interesting story.
blow a fuse:
- [Informal.]to lose one's temper;
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fuse, US fuze /fjuːz/ n
- 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
Etymology: 17th Century: from Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fūsusˈfuseless adj
- (transitive) to provide or equip with such a fuse
fuse /fjuːz/ vb
- to unite or become united by melting, esp by the action of heat
- to become or cause to become liquid, esp by the action of heat; melt
- to join or become combined; integrate
- (transitive) to equip (an electric circuit, plug, etc) with a fuse
- Brit to fail or cause to fail as a result of the blowing of a fuse: the lights fused
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin fūsus melted, cast, poured out, from fundere to pour out, shed; sense 5 influenced by fuse1
- a protective device for safeguarding electric circuits, etc, containing a wire that melts and breaks the circuit when the current exceeds a certain value
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