1 [fyooz]
a tube, cord, or the like, filled or saturated with combustible matter, for igniting an explosive.
fuze ( def 1 ).
verb (used with object), fused, fusing.
fuze ( def 3 ).
have a short fuse, Informal. to anger easily; have a quick temper.

1635–45; < Italian fuso < Latin fūsus spindle

fuseless, adjective
fuselike, adjective
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fuse or fuze1 (fjuːz)
1.  a lead of combustible black powder in a waterproof covering (safety fuse), or a lead containing an explosive (detonating fuse), used to fire an explosive charge
2.  any device by which an explosive charge is ignited
3.  blow a fuse See blow
4.  (tr) to provide or equip with such a fuse
[C17: from Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fūsus]
fuze or fuze1
[C17: from Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fūsus]
'fuseless or fuze1

fuse2 (fjuːz)
1.  to unite or become united by melting, esp by the action of heat: to fuse borax and copper sulphate at a high temperature
2.  to become or cause to become liquid, esp by the action of heat; melt
3.  to join or become combined; integrate
4.  (tr) to equip (an electric circuit, plug, etc) with a fuse
5.  (Brit) to fail or cause to fail as a result of the blowing of a fuse: the lights fused
6.  a protective device for safeguarding electric circuits, etc, containing a wire that melts and breaks the circuit when the current exceeds a certain value
[C17: from Latin fūsus melted, cast, poured out, from fundere to pour out, shed; sense 5 influenced by fuse1]

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Word Origin & History

1680s, "to melt," back formation from fusion. Figurative sense of "blending of different things" is first recorded 1776. Related: Fused; fusing.

also fuze, 1640s, from It. fuso "spindle" (so called because the originals were long, thin tubes filled with gunpowder), from L. fusus "spindle," of uncertain origin. Influenced by Fr. fusée "spindleful of hemp fiber," and obsolete English fusee "musket fired by a fuse." Meaning of "device that
breaks an electrical circuit" first recorded 1884, so named for its shape, but erroneously attributed to fuse (v.) because it melts.
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fuse   (fyz)  Pronunciation Key 

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  1. A safety device that protects an electric circuit from becoming overloaded. Fuses contain a length of thin wire (usually of a metal alloy) that melts and breaks the circuit if too much current flows through it. They were traditionally used to protect electronic equipment and prevent fires, but have largely been replaced by circuit breakers.

  2. A cord of readily combustible material that is lighted at one end to carry a flame along its length to detonate an explosive at the other end.

  1. To melt something, such as metal or glass, by heating.

  2. To blend two or more substances by melting.

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