fusee[fyo̵̅o̅ zē′, fyo̵̅o̅′zē′]
fusee definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic a friction match with a large head, able to burn in a wind
- ☆ a colored flare used as a signal by trainmen, truck drivers, etc.
- in an old-fashioned clock or watch, a grooved cone upon which the cord from the spring container was unwound to equalize the force of the spring
- fuse ()
Origin: French fusée, spindle, rocket, hence fusee ; from Midieval Latin fusata ; from Classical Latin fusus: see fuse
fusee definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A friction match with a large head capable of burning in a wind.
- A colored flare used as a warning signal for trucks and railroad trains.
- A cone-shaped pulley with a spiral groove, used in a cord- or chain-winding clock to maintain even travel in the timekeeping mechanism as the force of the mainspring lessens in unwinding.
- A combustible fuse for detonating explosives.
Origin: From French fusée, spindle, rocket, flare, fuse, from Old French, spindleful of thread, from fus, spindle, from Latin fūsus.