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

  • v. 
  • 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.
  • idiom
      blow a fuse: 
      • [Informal.]to lose one's temper;
        become enraged.

    See -fus-.

    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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