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fuse



Pronunciation: (fyOOz), [key]
n., v., fused, fus•ing.


n.
1. a tube, cord, or the like, filled or saturated with combustible matter, for igniting an explosive.
2. fuze (def. 1).
3. have a short fuse, Informal.to anger easily; have a quick temper.

v.t.
fuze (def. 3).

fuse



Pronunciation: (fyOOz), [key]
n., v., fused, fus•ing.


n.
1. Elect.a protective device, used in an electric circuit, containing a conductor that melts under heat produced by an excess current, thereby opening the circuit. Cf. circuit breaker.
2. blow a fuse, Informal.to lose one's temper; become enraged: If I'm late again, they'll blow a fuse.

v.t.
1. to combine or blend by melting together; melt.
2. to unite or blend into a whole, as if by melting together: The author skillfully fuses these fragments into a cohesive whole.

v.i.
1. to become liquid under the action of heat; melt: At a relatively low temperature the metal will fuse.
2. to become united or blended: The two groups fused to create one strong union.
3. Chiefly Brit.to overload an electric circuit so as to burn out a fuse.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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