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1fuse

verb \ˈfyüz\
fusedfus·ing

Definition of FUSE

transitive verb
1
:  to reduce to a liquid or plastic state by heat
2
:  to blend thoroughly by or as if by melting together :  combine
3
:  to stitch by applying heat and pressure with or without the use of an adhesive
intransitive verb
1
a :  to become fluid with heat
b British :  to fail because of the blowing of a fuse
2
:  to become blended or joined by or as if by melting together
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Origin of FUSE

Latin fusus, past participle of fundere to pour, melt — more at found
First Known Use: 1592

Synonym Discussion of FUSE

mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity <mix the salad greens> <mix a drink>. mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active <fear mingled with anticipation in my mind>. commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling <a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her>. blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture <blended several teas to create a balanced flavor>. merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole <in his mind reality and fantasy merged>. coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity <telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait>. amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities <refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community>. fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product <a building in which modernism and classicism are fused>.

2fuse

noun

Definition of FUSE

:  an electrical safety device consisting of or including a wire or strip of fusible metal that melts and interrupts the circuit when the current exceeds a particular amperage

First Known Use of FUSE

1868

Other Electrical Engineering Terms

feedback, incandescent, noise, resonance

3fuse

noun

Definition of FUSE

1
:  a continuous train of a combustible substance enclosed in a cord or cable for setting off an explosive charge by transmitting fire to it
2
also fuze :  a mechanical or electrical detonating device for setting off the bursting charge of a projectile, bomb, or torpedo

Origin of FUSE

Italian fuso spindle, from Latin fusus, of unknown origin
First Known Use: 1644

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, muzzle, rapier

4fuse

verb \ˈfyüz\
fused also fuzedfus·ing also fuz·ing

Definition of FUSE

transitive verb
:  to equip with a fuse

Variants of FUSE

fuse also fuze \ˈfyüz\

First Known Use of FUSE

1802

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, muzzle, rapier
FUSE[2] Defined for Kids

1fuse

verb \ˈfyüz\
fusedfus·ing

Definition of FUSE for Kids

1
:  to change into a liquid or to a plastic state by heat
2
:  to unite by or as if by melting together

2fuse

noun

Definition of FUSE for Kids

:  a device having a metal wire or strip that melts and interrupts an electrical circuit when the current becomes too strong

3fuse

noun

Definition of FUSE for Kids

1
:  a cord that is set afire to ignite an explosive by carrying fire to it
2
:  a device for setting off a bomb or torpedo
Medical Dictionary

fuse

verb \ˈfyüz\
fusedfus·ing

Medical Definition of FUSE

transitive verb
:  to cause to undergo fusion <fuse a joint>
intransitive verb
:  to undergo fusion

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