Meaning of FUSE in English


(~s, fusing, ~d)


A ~ is a safety device in an electric plug or circuit. It contains a piece of wire which melts when there is a fault so that the flow of electricity stops.

The ~ blew as he pressed the button to start the motor...

Remove the circuit ~ before beginning electrical work.



When an electric device ~s or when you ~ it, it stops working because of a fault. (BRIT)

The wire snapped at the wall plug and the light ~d...

Rainwater had ~d the bulbs.

VERB: V, V n


A ~ is a device on a bomb or firework which delays the explosion so that people can move a safe distance away.

A bomb was deactivated at the last moment, after the ~ had been lit.



When things ~ or are ~d, they join together physically or chemically, usually to become one thing. You can also say that one thing ~s with another.

The skull bones ~ between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five...

Conception occurs when a single sperm ~s with an egg...

Manufactured glass is made by fusing various types of sand...

Their solution was to isolate specific clones of B cells and ~ them with cancer cells...

The flakes seem to ~ together and produce ice crystals.

V-RECIP: pl-n V, V with n, V pl-n, V n with n, pl-n V together , also V pl-n together


If something ~s two different qualities, ideas, or things, or if they ~, they join together, especially in order to form a pleasing or satisfactory combination.

His music ~d the rhythms of jazz with classical forms...

What they have done is ~ two different types of entertainment, the circus and the rock concert...

Past and present ~.

= combine

V-RECIP: V n with n, V pl-n, pl-n V, also V with n


If you blow a ~, you suddenly become very angry and are unable to stay calm. (INFORMAL)

For all my experience, I blew a ~ in the quarter-final and could have been sent off.

PHRASE: V inflects


If someone or something lights the ~ of a particular situation or activity, they suddenly get it started.

Hopes for an early cut in German interest rates lit the market’s ~ early on.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you say that someone has a short ~ or is on a short ~ you mean that they are quick to react angrily when something goes wrong.

I have a very short ~ and a violent temper.

PHRASE: V inflects

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