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fuze

[fyooz] /fyuz/
noun
1.
a mechanical or electronic device to detonate an explosive charge, especially as contained in an artillery shell, a missile, projectile, or the like.
2.
fuse1 (def 1).
verb (used with object), fuzed, fuzing.
3.
Also, fuse. to attach a fuse or fuze to (a bomb, mine, etc.).
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; variant of fuse1
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Examples for fuze
  • The fuze protrudes into the cylindrical cavity of the smoke mixture and is staked to the base of the projectile.
British Dictionary definitions for fuze

fuse1

/fjuːz/
noun
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 blow1 (sense 12)
verb
4.
(transitive) to provide or equip with such a fuse
Derived Forms
fuseless, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fūsus

fuze

/fjuːz/
noun
1.
(mainly US) a variant spelling of fuse1
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Word Origin and History for fuze
fuze
see fuse (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for fuze

in explosives technology, device for firing explosives in blasting operations, in fireworks, and in military projectiles.

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