- The definition of a fuse is an electrical safety device that can stop current from flowing if it becomes overloaded, or a device that is used to ignite an explosive device.
- When you overload the circuit in your house by turning on too many different appliances at once and your power to the appliances you are using shuts off, the electrical device that tripped and caused the power to stop to the overloaded circuit is an example of a fuse.
- The little string sticking out of a bomb that you light in order to get the bomb to go off is an example of a fuse.
- Fuse is defined as to join together to form one, especially when joined by intense heat.
When you weld two pieces of metal together using a torch, this is an example of when you fuse.
intransitive verbfused, fus′ing
- to melt, or to join by melting
- to unite as if by melting together; blend
- to unite (atomic nuclei) in the process of nuclear fusion
Origin of fusefrom Classical Latin fusus, past participle of fundere, to pour out, shed: see found
- a narrow tube filled with combustible material, or a wick saturated with such material, for setting off an explosive charge
- fuze (noun)
- Elec. a safety device placed in a circuit, consisting of a replaceable plug or tube containing wire or metal that will melt and break the circuit if the current exceeds a specified amperage
Origin of fuseItalian fuso, a cord, tube, casing from Classical Latin fusus, hollow spindle
transitive verbfused, fus′ing
blow a fuse
- to have an electrical fuse melt
- Informal to become very angry
- 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.
- often fuze 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 )
transitive verbfused, fus·ing, fus·es, also fuzed fuz·ing fuz·es
Origin of fuseFrom Italian fuso spindle (originally from its shape) from Latin fūsus
verbfused, fus·ing, fus·es
- a. To join (different pieces or elements) together physically, as by melting or heating: bits of glass fused in a kiln; atomic nuclei that are fused together inside the stars.b. To blend or combine together: “Edison's invention strategy effectively fused research and development in a seamless process” ( Seth Shulman )
- To liquefy or reduce to a plastic state by heating; melt.
- a. To become physically joined together, as by melting.b. To be combined or blended together: “There was no separation between joy and sorrow: they fused into one” ( Henry Miller ) See Synonyms at mix.
- To become liquefied from heat.
Origin of fuseLatin fundere fūs- to melt ; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
electric plug fuse
- (also fuze in US) A cord that, when lit, conveys the fire to some explosive device.
- (manufacturing, mining, military) The mechanism that ignites the charge in an explosive device.
- A device to prevent the overloading of an electrical circuit.
- Indicating a tendency to lose one's temper.
- When talking about being laid off, he has a short fuse.
(third-person singular simple present fuses, present participle fusing, simple past and past participle fused)
From fusion, "to melt" (back-formation).
fuse - Computer Definition
(1) A protective device that is designed to melt, or blow, when a specified amount of current is passed through it. PROM chips are created as a series of fuses that are selectively blown in order to create the binary patterns of the data or machine language.
(2) To bond together.