fuse (plural fuses)
- A cord that, when lit, conveys the fire to some explosive device.
- Synonyms: fuze (US)
(manufacturing, mining, military) The mechanism that ignites the charge in an explosive device.
- Synonyms: fuze
(electrical engineering) A device to prevent the overloading of an electrical circuit, containing a component that melts and interrupts the current when too high a load is passed through it.
- (figurative) Indicating a tendency to lose one's temper.
- When talking about being laid off, he has a short fuse.
- A friction match for smokers' use, having a bulbous head which when ignited is not easily blown out even in a gale of wind.
- A kind of match made of paper impregnated with niter and having the usual igniting tip.
- French: cordeau, mèche
- German: Zündschnur
- Italian: miccia
- Portuguese: pavio, rastilho
- Russian: фити́ль
- Spanish: mecha
- French: détonateur
- German: Zünder
- Italian: miccia, innesco, detonatore
- Portuguese: pavio
- Russian: запа́л
- Spanish: espoleta
- French: fusible, plomb
- German: Sicherung
- Italian: fusibile
- Portuguese: fusível
- Russian: пла́вкий предохрани́тель
- Spanish: fusible
- French: plomb
fuse (fuses, present participle fusing; past and past participle fused)
- (transitive) To melt together; to blend; to mix indistinguishably.
- (intransitive) To melt together.
- To furnish with or install a fuse.
- (organic chemistry) To form a bicyclic compound from two similar or different types of ring such that two or more atoms are shared between the resulting rings
- French: fondre
- German: verschmelzen
- Italian: fondere
- Portuguese: fundir
- Russian: сплавля́ть
- Spanish: fundir
- German: absichern