From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfusefuse1 /fjuːz/ noun [countable] 1 fuses.jpg DTPEa short thin piece of wire inside electrical equipment which prevents damage by melting and stopping the electricity when there is too much power two 13 amp fuses I taught him how to change a fuse.blow a fuse (=make it melt by putting too much electricity through it)2 (also fuze American English)DLOSCB a thing that delays a bomb, firework etc from exploding until you are a safe distance away, or makes it explode at a particular time3 a short fuse blow a fuse at blow1(16)
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fuseHot water is even more scarce and depends on the weather, or whether or not a fuse has blown.Ken ran to Maurine and Hayes's house, and Hayes rushed into our basement and replaced a blown fuse.But fuses had disadvantages, as well.The process continues, like the flame of a firecracker fuse.I've even known him switch on a light without blowing all the fuses.Be sure all safety measures have been taken before lighting the fuse.If there are no electric cables, you can replace the fuses without worry.Then, you would crimp the blasting cap on to the time fuse.blow a fuseKen ran to Maurine and Hayes's house, and Hayes rushed into our basement and replaced a blown fuse.
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fusefuse2 verb [intransitive, transitive] 1 HCto join together physically, or to make things join together, and become a single thingfuse (something) together The egg and sperm fuse together as one cell.2 to combine different qualities, ideas, or things, or to be combined SYN merge Their music fuses elements as diverse as Cajun, bebop and Cuban waltzes.fuse (something) with something Leonard takes Carver-style dirty realism and fuses it with the pace of a detective story.fuse (something) into something We intend to fuse the companies into a single organization.see thesaurus at mix3 British EnglishTEE if electrical equipment fuses, or if you fuse it, it stops working because a fuse has melted The lights have fused again.4 technicalHC if a rock or metal fuses, or if you fuse it, it becomes liquid by being heated Lead fuses at quite a low temperature. fusion
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fuseIt's as if the lights have fused.So for a short while the two movements, Co-operation and trade unionism, had fused.Jody stands as if her spine were fused, as if she were for ever balancing a large porcelain vase on her head.Lead fuses at a fairly low temperature.The radio's wires had been fused by the heat.Connection is made in the mutual overlap where each is stretching equally, reciprocally transformed, in order to fuse desire.So if all the deuterium fused it could generate substantial heat in the Earth.Getz was one of the first musicians to fuse jazz and Latin rhythms.King sought to fuse the civil rights movement with anti-war activists.The grains then soften at their points of con-tact and fuse together, a process called sintering.The way of the glaciers allowed him to fuse traditional creationism with the insights of modern science.A quite different way of creating a chimaera is to fuse two early mouse embryos.fuse (something) togetherReportedly there were long discussions over the wisdom of fusing the two together.From quarter embryos to giant embryos, formed by fusing two eggs together, normal larvae emerge.
From King Business Dictionaryfusefuse /fjuːz/ verb [intransitive, transitive]COMMERCE to join two or more companies together, forming a single organizationWe intend to fuse the separate companies into a single business organization.→ See Verb tableOrigin fuse1 1. (1800-1900) FUSE22. (1600-1700) Italian fuso spindle (= long thin part which turns around), from Latin fusus fuse2 (1500-1600) Latin fusus, past participle of fundere to pour, melt