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 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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Recent Examples on the Web

The New York State Democratic Committee approved a resolution last week to abolish fusion voting, where candidates for office can combine votes received on multiple party lines. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York Senate, Assembly to Lay Out Their Visions for State Budget," 10 Mar. 2019 For the difficult choice of only one restaurant, my favorite recommendation is Bonito, which offers a great Latin-Caribbean fusion cuisine and an amazing view of Gustavia. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... Le Sereno St. Barts," 1 Feb. 2019 Its ethos is a swirling fusion of fact and fiction. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 The original Yamato was the fusion of art and warfare, with an elaborate Shinto shrine and a golden Imperial chrysanthemum crest on her bow. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The Millennium Falcon is OK, but these pop culture ships make Ars hearts race," 26 May 2018 Total barre is a fusion of pilates, dance, yoga and functional training that will lift, tone and sculpt as well as define and strengthen your core muscles. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 Megan Craig, a dancing member of the troupe, says the evening is a fusion of traditional West African drumming, singing and dance and contemporary music. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "The BlackOut Experience At Wadsworth Atheneum," 21 Apr. 2018 Until then, the show is a miraculous fusion of sentiment and craftsmanship, and even the finale can be made to work by a smart director who isn’t afraid of heartfelt emotion. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Carousel’ Review: It Has Its Ups and Downs," 12 Apr. 2018 Yaeji The music of Kathy Yaeji Lee, who's known professionally as Yaeji, is a unique fusion of cultures and genres. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Coachella 2018: 13 Indie Artists and Smaller Acts You Should See," 10 Apr. 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 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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