fuse


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fuse \Fuse\, n. [For fusee, fusil. See 2d Fusil.] (Gunnery,
   Mining, etc.)
   1. A tube or casing filled with combustible matter, by means
      of which a charge of powder is ignited, as in blasting; --
      called also fuzee. See Fuze.
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   Fuse hole, the hole in a shell prepared for the reception
      of the fuse. --Farrow.
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   2. (Mil.) a mechanism in a bomb, torpedo, rocket, or
      artillery shell, usually having an easily detonated
      explosive charge and activated by the shock of impact,
      which detonates the main explosive charge. Some fuses may
      have timing mechanisms, delaying the explosion for a short
      time, or up to several days after impact. Fuses activated
      by other mechanisms more sophisticated than impact, such
      as proximity or heat, are used in modern weapons such as
      antiaircraft or antimissile missiles.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fuse \Fuse\ (f[=u]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fused (f[=u]zd); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Fusing.] [L. fusus, p. p. of fundere to pour,
   melt, cast. See Foundo to cast, and cf. Futile.]
   1. To liquefy by heat; to render fluid; to dissolve; to melt.
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   2. To unite or blend, as if melted together.
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            Whose fancy fuses old and new.        --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fuse \Fuse\, or Fuze \Fuze\, n. (Elec.)
   A wire, bar, or strip of fusible metal inserted for safety in
   an electric circuit. When the current increases beyond a
   certain safe strength, the metal melts, interrupting the
   circuit and thereby preventing possibility of damage. It
   serves the same function as a circuit breaker.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fuse \Fuse\, v. i.
   1. To be reduced from a solid to a fluid state by heat; to be
      melted; to melt.
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   2. To be blended, as if melted together.
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   Fusing point, the degree of temperature at which a
      substance melts; the point of fusion; the melting point.
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