fusee

[fyoo-zee]
noun
1.
a wooden friction match having a large head, formerly used when a larger than normal flame was needed.
2.
a red flare light, used on a railroad as a warning signal to approaching trains.
3.
Horology. a spirally grooved, conical pulley and chain arrangement for counteracting the diminishing power of the uncoiling mainspring.
4.
fuse1 ( def 1 ).
Also, fuzee.


Origin:
1580–90; < Middle French fusée spindleful, derivative of Old French fus spindle. See fuse1

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fusee or fuzee (fjuːˈziː)
 
n
1.  (in early clocks and watches) a spirally grooved spindle, functioning as an equalizing force on the unwinding of the mainspring
2.  a friction match with a large head, capable of remaining alight in a wind
3.  an explosive fuse
 
[C16: from French fusée spindleful of thread, from Old French fus spindle, from Latin fūsus]
 
fuzee or fuzee
 
n
 
[C16: from French fusée spindleful of thread, from Old French fus spindle, from Latin fūsus]

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Example sentences
If the flagman is recalled and safety will permit, the flagman must leave a lighted fusee and return to the train.
If a train approaches an unattended fusee burning on or near its track, the train must stop consistent with good train handling.
Staffing involves more than someone to walk around with a fusee or drip torch.
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