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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fuse1 /fyuz/USA pronunciation  n. [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.
  • idiom
    1. have a short fuse,  [no obj][Informal.]to anger easily;
      have a quick temper.

    fuse•less, adj. 

    fuse2 /fyuz/USA pronunciation   n., v., fused, fus•ing. 

    n. [countable]
    1. Electricitya safety device containing a material that conducts electricity that will melt when too much current runs through an electric circuit, breaking the circuit.

    1. 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.
    2. to cause to unite; blend[+ object]The author skillfully fuses these details into an interesting story.
      blow a fuse: 

          [Informal.]to lose one's temper;
          become enraged.

    See -fus-.
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
    fuse1  (fyo̅o̅z), 
    n., v., fused, fus•ing. 

    1. a tube, cord, or the like, filled or saturated with combustible matter, for igniting an explosive.
    2. fuze (def. 1).
    3. have a short fuse, [Informal.]to anger easily;
      have a quick temper.

    1. fuze (def. 3).
    • Latin fūsus spindle
    • Italian fuso
    • 1635–45
    fuseless, adj. 
    fuselike′, adj. 

    fuse2  (fyo̅o̅z), 
    n., v., fused, fus•ing. 

    1. Electricity[Elect.]a protective device, used in an electric circuit, containing a conductor that melts under heat produced by an excess current, thereby opening the circuit. Cf. circuit breaker.
    2. Idiomsblow a fuse, [Informal.]to lose one's temper;
      become enraged:If I'm late again, they'll blow a fuse.

    1. to combine or blend by melting together; melt.
    2. to unite or blend into a whole, as if by melting together:The author skillfully fuses these fragments into a cohesive whole.

    1. to become liquid under the action of heat;
      melt:At a relatively low temperature the metal will fuse.
    2. to become united or blended:The two groups fused to create one strong union.
    3. Electricity[Chiefly Brit.]to overload an electric circuit so as to burn out a fuse.
    • Latin fūsus melted, poured, cast, past participle of fundere
    • 1675–85
    3 . See melt. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    fuse, US fuze /fjuːz/ n
    1. 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
    2. any device by which an explosive charge is ignited
    1. (transitive) to provide or equip with such a fuse
    Etymology: 17th Century: from Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fūsus

    ˈfuseless adj
    fuse /fjuːz/ vb
    1. to unite or become united by melting, esp by the action of heat
    2. to become or cause to become liquid, esp by the action of heat; melt
    3. to join or become combined; integrate
    4. (transitive) to equip (an electric circuit, plug, etc) with a fuse
    5. Brit to fail or cause to fail as a result of the blowing of a fuse: the lights fused
    1. a protective device for safeguarding electric circuits, etc, containing a wire that melts and breaks the circuit when the current exceeds a certain value
    Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin fūsus melted, cast, poured out, from fundere to pour out, shed; sense 5 influenced by fuse1

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