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[fyooz] /fyuz/
a mechanical or electronic device to detonate an explosive charge, especially as contained in an artillery shell, a missile, projectile, or the like.
fuse1 (def 1).
verb (used with object), fuzed, fuzing.
Also, fuse. to attach a fuse or fuze to (a bomb, mine, etc.).
Origin of fuze
1635-45; variant of fuse1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Not until the late 1600's did the method of letting the powder blast ignite the fuze become general.

  • The ends of the match were crossed into a sort of rosette at the head of the fuze.

  • The next shell contained twenty-three pounds of Maximite, and the fuze was timed to go off a little quicker.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
  • If the fuze had to be withdrawn, there was a fuze extractor for the job.

  • It had a single hole where the powder was funneled in—full, but not enough to pack too tightly when the fuze was driven in.

  • Over this ring the top of the fuze case was marked in seconds.

  • In later years, however, such projections were replaced by two "ears," little recesses beside the fuze hole.

  • Their efficacy is in their recoil and the "graze" fuze they use.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • It consists of a stop-cock A, which, in connection with a tube, is introduced between the fuze and the charge.

  • The action of this fuze will be readily understood from the plan of the fuze at Fig. 16.

British Dictionary definitions for fuze


(mainly US) a variant spelling of fuse1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fuze

see fuse (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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