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fusee

[fyoo-zee] /fyuˈzi/
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
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French fusée spindleful, derivative of Old French fus spindle. See fuse1
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Examples from the web for fusee
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for fusee

fusee

/fjuːˈziː/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from French fusée spindleful of thread, from Old French fus spindle, from Latin fūsus
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Word Origin and History for fusee
n.

also fuzee, type of light musket, 1660s, from French fusil (see fusilier).

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