proximity fuse


Definition of proximity fuse

: a fuse for a projectile that uses the principle of radar to detect the presence of a target within the projectile's effective range

Examples of proximity fuse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And finally if the missile got too close, the system’s last line of defense would attempt to defeat its proximity fuse. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The 200 Millisecond Mission: Inside the Secret CIA Plan to Steal Soviet Missile Data," 28 Oct. 2020 New ammunition with proximity fuses is being developed to counter swarms of small armed boats, exploding in the air and peppering hostile, speedboat-sized ships with lethal shrapnel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The USS Fitzgerald Is Built to Take Abuse," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of proximity fuse

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Proximity fuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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