Meaning of FUSE in English

FUSE

1. v. & n.

--v.

1. tr. & intr. melt with intense heat; liquefy.

2 tr. & intr. blend or amalgamate into one whole by or as by melting.

3 tr. provide (a circuit, plug, etc.) with a fuse.

4 a intr. (of an appliance) cease to function when a fuse blows. b tr. cause (an appliance) to do this.

--n. a device or component for protecting an electric circuit, containing a strip of wire of easily melted metal and placed in the circuit so as to break it by melting when an excessive current passes through.

Phrases and idioms:

fuse-box a box housing the fuses for circuits in a building.

Etymology: L fundere fus- pour, melt 2. n. & v. (also fuze)

--n.

1. a device for igniting a bomb or explosive charge, consisting of a tube or cord etc. filled or saturated with combustible matter.

2 a component in a shell, mine, etc., designed to detonate an explosive charge on impact, after an interval, or when subjected to a magnetic or vibratory stimulation.

--v.tr. fit a fuse to.

Derivatives:

fuseless adj.

Etymology: It. fuso f. L fusus spindle

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.