fusion

noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Her menu, a fusion of traditional desserts and innovative flavors, is a testament to her commitment to quality and creativity. Ebony Flake, Essence, 30 June 2024 The hotel’s only restaurant is De Tokio a Lima, the second location of the popular Japanese-Peruvian-Mediterranean fusion concept from chefs German de Bernardi and Ricardo Rossi. Jamie Ditaranto, Travel + Leisure, 28 June 2024 The Ghanaian American artist’s sophomore LP, released on June 9, 2023, became a critic’s favorite for its seamless fusion of genres, boasting global sounds of Afropop, punk-rock, melodic rap and Japanese folk. Njera Perkins, Peoplemag, 28 June 2024 The other approach relies on multi-sensor fusion perception technology, with Huawei as a major proponent. Ni Tao, Interesting Engineering, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fusion 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusion. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fusion

noun
fu·​sion ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce fusion (audio)
1
: the act or process of melting or making fluid by heat
2
: union by or as if by melting
3
: the union of light atomic nuclei to form heavier nuclei resulting in the release of enormous quantities of energy

Medical Definition

fusion

noun
fu·​sion ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce fusion (audio)
often attributive
1
a
: 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

fusional adjective

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