fuze

[fyooz]
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:
1635–45; variant of fuse1

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fuse or fuze1 (fjuːz)
 
n
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
 
vb
4.  (tr) to provide or equip with such a fuse
 
[C17: from Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fūsus]
 
fuze or fuze1
 
n
 
vb
 
[C17: from Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fūsus]
 
'fuseless or fuze1
 
adj

fuze (fjuːz)
 
n
chiefly (US) a variant spelling of fuse

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fuze
see fuse (n.).
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fuze

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

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Example sentences
The fuze protrudes into the cylindrical cavity of the smoke mixture and is staked to the base of the projectile.
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