fusion

noun, often attributive
fu·​sion | \ ˈfyü-zhᵊn How to pronounce fusion (audio) \

Definition of fusion

1 : the act or process of liquefying or rendering plastic by heat
2 : a union by or as if by melting: such as
a : a merging of diverse, distinct, or separate elements into a unified whole Opera is a fusion of several arts.
b : a political partnership : coalition a fusion of Democrats and independent RepublicansNew York Times
c : popular music combining different styles (such as jazz and rock)
d : food prepared using techniques and ingredients of two or more ethnic or regional cuisines a restaurant that specializes in Indian-Chinese fusion

called also fusion cuisine

3 : the union of atomic nuclei to form heavier nuclei resulting in the release of enormous quantities of energy when certain light elements unite nuclear fusion

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Examples of fusion in a Sentence

a fusion of different methods a fusion of musical styles The show is a fusion of news and entertainment. The fusion of different cultural influences is evident in her sculpture.
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Recent Examples on the Web These aren't modern fusion recipes, but adaptations based on immigration, trade, and, yes, colonial influence, that have been a part of their regional repertoire for years. TheWeek, "The many pastas of India," 10 Oct. 2020 Like a conventional nuclear fission power plant that splits atoms, a fusion plant would not burn fossil fuels and would not produce greenhouse-gas emissions. Henry Fountain New York Times, Star Tribune, "Compact nuclear fusion reactor is 'very likely to work,' studies suggest," 8 Oct. 2020 Nikky Phinyawatana of Asian Mint, a Thai-Asian fusion restaurant with locations across Dallas, has just released a line of sauces and a line of chili crisps. Pooja Krishna, Dallas News, "Asian Mint chef-owner launches new line of Thai cooking sauces," 30 Sep. 2020 Like a conventional nuclear fission power plant that splits atoms, a fusion plant would not burn fossil fuels and would not produce greenhouse-gas emissions. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: Surge in Entrepreneurship amid Pandemic," 30 Sep. 2020 However, fusion center staffers still have access to First Alert in instances when Dataminr sells to the state police agencies that oversee them, according to interviews and documents in Illinois and Michigan. Jeff Horwitz, WSJ, "Twitter Partner’s Alerts Highlight Divide Over Surveillance," 29 Sep. 2020 One of the returns is Marjie’s Grill (320 S. Broad, 504-603-2234), the popular Asian/Southern fusion restaurant. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Marjie's Grill, Irene's, Who Dat Cafe reopen, outlook for Bellegarde, others still on hold," 7 Sep. 2020 Guests were encouraged to wear traditional Indian attire, Indian-fusion wear, or semiformal American attire. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "An Intimate Hindu Wedding Amid the Santa Monica Mountains," 29 Sep. 2020 The Trump administration has grown more concerned about Beijing’s practice of leaning on private companies to advance its military aims, an effort known as military-civil fusion. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "U.S. Sets Export Controls on China’s Top Chip Maker," 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of fusion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fusion

borrowed from Medieval Latin fūsiōn-, fūsiō "process of pouring, casting of molten metal," going back to Latin, "process of pouring, effusion," from fud-, variant stem of fundere "to pour, shed, cast (liquid metal)" (Medieval Latin also, "to melt down, make liquid") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at found entry 5

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“Fusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusion. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for fusion

fusion

noun
How to pronounce fusion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fusion

: a combination or mixture of things
physics : a process in which the nuclei of atoms are joined
: a type of popular music that combines different styles (such as jazz and rock)

fusion

noun
fu·​sion | \ ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce fusion (audio) \

Kids Definition of fusion

1 : an act of fusing or melting together
2 : union by or as if by melting
3 : union of atomic nuclei to form heavier nuclei resulting in the release of enormous quantities of energy

fusion

noun, often attributive
fu·​sion | \ ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce fusion (audio) \

Medical Definition of fusion

1a : the act or process of liquefying or rendering plastic by heat
b : the liquid or plastic state induced by heat
2 : a union by or as if by melting together: as
a : a merging of diverse elements into a unified whole specifically : the blending of retinal images in binocular vision
b : a combination of ingredients achieved by heating and mixing together
c
(1) : a blend of sensations, perceptions, ideas, or attitudes such that the component elements can seldom be identified by introspective analysis
(2) : the perception of light from a source that is intermittent above a critical frequency as if the source were continuous

called also flicker fusion

— compare flicker
d : the surgical immobilization of a joint — see spinal fusion
3 : the union of atomic nuclei to form heavier nuclei resulting in the release of enormous quantities of energy when certain light elements unite

called also nuclear fusion

Other Words from fusion

fusional \ -​ᵊl How to pronounce fusional (audio) \ adjective

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