fusion

noun, often attributive
fu·​sion | \ˈfyü-zhᵊn \

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 RepublicansN. Y. 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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This fusion makes trips by turns serendipitous and preplanned, a blend of anything-goes adventure and the clock-watching precision of a big-ship cruise. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 In a test tube, the resulting fusion antibodies could neutralize flu strains that neither of their single constituents could alone. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Llama “nanobodies” might grant universal flu protection," 5 Nov. 2018 Its ongoing fusion with Android apps has masked some of its holes related to offline work, but that still feels like a patchwork solution with periodic moments of clunkiness. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide," 13 Aug. 2018 Businesses launched promotional tie-ins ranging from fusion food to free hotel stays. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "I’ll Have Atomic Wings! For Singapore Foodies, Trump-Kim Fusion Is the Bomb," 10 June 2018 Nobu Matsuhisa, famous for Japanese-Peruvian fusion food, has 38 restaurants on five continents around the world. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Try Nobu's famous Japanese-Peruvian fusion cooking on Crystal Cruises voyage," 26 Apr. 2018 His latest venture, the Mesa Peruana, serves Peruvian fusion food. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Arthur Russell is a hero producer of ours for the avant garde sound of disco fusion, so his spirit and vibe was all up in the track. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Louie Vega Breaks Down 'NYC Disco' Double Album: Exclusive," 29 June 2018 Out of this fusion of Mexican tradition and Mexican American tradition comes Los Lobos. Richard Chang, latimes.com, "Los Lobos to ‘disconnect’ at Musco Center," 15 Mar. 2018

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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

noun

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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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