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Definition of "fuse" []

  • A cord of readily combustible material that is lighted at one end to carry a flame along its length to detonate an explosive at the other end. (noun)
  • A mechanical or electrical mechanism used to detonate an explosive charge or device such as a bomb or grenade: "A mechanical . . . switch is used to initiate the fuzes” ( International Defense Review). (noun)
  • To equip with a mechanical or electrical fuse: "The bomb . . . was fuzed and timed to explode after the aircraft had taken off” ( Aviation Week & Space Technology). (verb-transitive)
  • To liquefy or reduce to a plastic state by heating; melt. (verb-transitive)
  • To mix (constituent elements) together by or as if by melting; blend. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fuse" in a sentence
  • "The word fuse popped into Marlene’s head, along with a colossal terror."
  • "His fuse is getting short as some dare to stand up to him and he anticipates the possibility that he won't get his way."
  • "And I suspect that the mother who lit the fuse is not exactly a Green or NDP voter."