proximity fuze

noun

Definition of proximity fuze

: an electronic device that detonates a projectile within effective range of the target by means of the radio waves sent out from a tiny radio set in the nose of the projectile and reflected back to the set from the target

called also radio proximity fuze, variable time fuze, VT fuze

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First Known Use of proximity fuze

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Proximity fuze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proximity%20fuze. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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