Meaning of FUSE in English


I. ˈfyüz noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fusus

1. : a continuous train of explosive enclosed in a flexible waterproof cord or cable for setting off a charge (as dynamite) by communication of either fire or detonation

detonating fuses

— see safety fuse 1

2. usually fuze “ : a detonating device for setting off (as by percussion) the bursting charge of a projectile, bomb, or torpedo

our new proximity fuse which enabled artillery shells to burst automatically — F.E.Fox

II. transitive verb

or fuze “

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: fuse (I) & fuse (IV)

: to equip with a fuse

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin fusus, past participle of fundere to pour, to melt — more at found

transitive verb


a. : to reduce to a liquid or plastic state by heat : dissolve , melt

the thunderstorm had fused the electric mains — C.K.Finlay

b. : to blend by melting together : unite by heating

foundries which fuse zinc and copper into hard, bright brass — Newsweek

c. archaic : to thin or dilute (the blood)

purgatives are … to fuse and thin the blood — George Cheyne

2. : to unite as if by melting together : blend , integrate

fuses the clutter of detail into a rich and fascinating narrative — A.M.Schlesinger b.1917

specifically : to join (two adjacent bony surfaces) by surgery

intransitive verb

1. : to become fluid with heat : liquefy , melt

acetate rayon tends to fuse if pressed at too high a temperature — W.L.Carmichael

specifically : to fail because of the melting of a link in an electrical circuit

all the lights in the house have fused — Christian Science Monitor

2. : to become integrated : unite , merge

the passion for service must fuse with the passion for knowledge — C.W.Eliot

Synonyms: see mix

IV. noun

( -s )

: a wire, bar, or strip of metal with a very low melting point that melts and breaks the circuit when an electric current exceeds a specified amperage

plug fuses … have transparent windows at the top which enable the homeowner to see when they are blown — Bernard Gladstone

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