AskDefine | Define fuse

Dictionary Definition



1 electrical device that can interrupt the flow of electrical current when it is overloaded [syn: electrical fuse]
2 any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant [syn: fuze, fusee, fuzee, primer, priming]


1 mix together different elements; "The colors blend well" [syn: blend, flux, mix, conflate, commingle, immix, coalesce, meld, combine, merge]
2 become plastic or fluid or liquefied from heat; "The substances fused at a very high temperature"
3 equip with a fuse; provide with a fuse [ant: defuse]
4 make liquid or plastic by heating; "The storm fused the electric mains"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /fjuːz/, /fju:z/
  • Rhymes with: -uːz

Etymology 1

From fuso, from fusus "spindle".


  1. (also fuze in US English) A cord that, when lit, conveys the fire to some explosive device.
  2. The device that ignites the explosive charge in a mine or missile.
  3. A device to prevent the overloading of an electrical circuit.
device igniting charge
device preventing overloading of a circuit
  • Dutch: zekering
  • Finnish: sulake, varoke
  • French: fusible
  • German: Sicherung
  • Norwegian: sikring
  • Portuguese: fusível
  • Spanish: fusible
  • Swedish: säkring, propp

Etymology 2

From fusion, "to melt".


  1. To melt together; to blend; to mix indistinguishably.
  2. To melt together.
transitive: to melt together
  • Finnish: sulauttaa
intransitive: to melt together
  • Finnish: sulautua



fuse p

Verb form

  1. Third-person singular indicative past historic of fondere.
  2. Feminine plural past participle of fondere.




  1. he/she has been


  • fu (informal)

Extensive Definition

The word fuse has several meanings:
  • Fuse (electrical), a device used in electrical systems to protect against excessive current.
  • Fuse (hydraulic), a device used in hydraulic systems to protect against sudden loss of fluid pressure
  • Fuse (explosives), a trigger for an explosive device or fireworks, also spelled fuze.







See also

fuse in Danish: Sikring
fuse in German: Sicherung
fuse in French: fuse
fuse in Dutch: Smeltveiligheid
fuse in Polish: Bezpiecznik (ujednoznacznienie)

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