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 Peart was considered one of the most gifted and electrifying drummers in pop music history, a virtuosic stylist and technical master who inspired a cult following with his dazzling fusions of hard rock and jazz. NBC News, "Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for rock band Rush, dies at 67," 10 Jan. 2020 The result is a kind of tapas emporium presenting Indian items with an American twist — a kind of comfort-food Indian fusion. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: House of Naan in New Haven mixes traditional with modern for comfort-food Indian fusion," 26 Nov. 2019 Both artists have found an avid audience for their unique multicultural fusions of reggaeton, Latin trap, and pop. Harper's BAZAAR, "See Travis Scott, Maluma, J Balvin, and Orville Peck Flex in the Latest Dior Men," 18 Nov. 2019 The internet is as much a force of social fusion as fission, if not more. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: The internet has changed our lives for the better too," 25 Oct. 2019 The 35-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter is already an indie icon: She's won a whopping 11 Latin Grammys for her innovative fusion of pop-folk. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Latin AMAs 2019: These are the artists you should know," 17 Oct. 2019 The city celebrates Bastille Day by showcasing its unique brand of French fusion. Meghan Miner Murray, National Geographic, "9 Bastille Day bashes that celebrate French culture," 12 July 2019 The Maryland native’s heady fusion of hip-hop and ’70s and ’80s soul proved to be a commercial success, with his first five albums peaking in the top 10 of the R&B charts. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 19 Dec. 2019 The main fats within this food are wax esters, a fusion of a fatty acid and fatty alcohol, which most mammals find difficult to digest. Amy Apprill, The Conversation, "My team uses crossbows and drones to collect bacteria from whales - and the results are teaching us how to keep whales healthy," 17 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of fusion was in the 14th century

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“Fusion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusion. Accessed 28 January 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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