Meaning of fuse

fuse

Pronunciation: (fyz), [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. to anger easily; have a quick temper.
—v.t.
  1. fuze (def. 3).

fuse

Pronunciation: (fyz), [key]
— n., v., fused, fus•ing.
—n.
  1. 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. 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. 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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