Meaning of FUSE in English

FUSE

fuse 1

— fuseless , adj. — fuselike , adj.

/fyoohz/ , n. , v. , fused, fusing .

n.

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.

v.t.

4. fuze (def. 3).

[ 1635-45; fuso fusus spindle ]

fuse 2

/fyoohz/ , n. , v. , fused, fusing .

n.

1. 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. blow a fuse , Informal. to lose one's temper; become enraged: If I'm late again, they'll blow a fuse.

v.t.

3. to combine or blend by melting together; melt.

4. to unite or blend into a whole, as if by melting together: The author skillfully fuses these fragments into a cohesive whole.

v.i.

5. to become liquid under the action of heat; melt: At a relatively low temperature the metal will fuse.

6. to become united or blended: The two groups fused to create one strong union.

7. Chiefly Brit. to overload an electric circuit so as to burn out a fuse.

[ 1675-85; fusus melted, poured, cast, ptp. of fundere ]

Syn. 3. See melt .

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