fuse

A fuse is something that burns in order to ignite a bomb. Do you see anything near you that resembles a bundle of dynamite sticks with a fuse burning down? If so, stop reading this and GET OUT OF HERE!

Figuratively, if you say that someone has a short fuse, it means they get angry easily. If someone gets so angry they lose their temper, you can say that they blew a fuse. But this comes from another meaning of fuse — a device that interrupts the flow of electrical current so the system doesn’t get overloaded. If you use the toaster, microwave and dishwasher at the same time, you might literally blow a fuse. As a verb, if two things fuse, they blend or stick together.

Primary Meanings of fuse

1.
nv
any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
equip with a fuse; provide with a fuse
2.
n
an electrical device that can interrupt the flow of electrical current when it is overloaded
3.
v
mix together different elements
Full Definitions of fuse
1

n any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant

Synonyms:
fusee, fuze, fuzee, primer, priming
Types:
detonating fuse
a fuse containing an explosive
safety fuse
a slow-burning fuse consisting of a tube or cord filled or saturated with combustible matter; used to ignite detonators from a distance
time-fuse
a fuse made to burn for a given time (especially to explode a bomb)
Type of:
igniter, ignitor, light, lighter
a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires

v equip with a fuse; provide with a fuse

Antonyms:
defuse
remove the triggering device from
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
2

n an electrical device that can interrupt the flow of electrical current when it is overloaded

Synonyms:
electrical fuse, safety fuse
Types:
cartridge fuse
a fuse cased in a tube
breaker, circuit breaker
a device that trips like a switch and opens the circuit when overloaded
plug fuse
a fuse with a thread that screws into a socket
Type of:
electrical device
a device that produces or is powered by electricity
3

v mix together different elements

Synonyms:
blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, flux, immix, meld, merge, mix
Types:
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gauge
mix in specific proportions
absorb
cause to become one with
meld, melt
lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
blend in, mix in
cause (something) to be mixed with (something else)
accrete
grow together (of plants and organs)
conjugate
unite chemically so that the product is easily broken down into the original compounds
admix
mix or blend
alloy
make an alloy of
syncretise, syncretize
become fused
cut in
mix in with cutting motions
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v make liquid or plastic by heating

“The storm fused the electric mains”
Type of:
melt, melt down, run
reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating

v become plastic or fluid or liquefied from heat

“The substances fused at a very high temperature”
Type of:
flux, liquefy, liquify
become liquid or fluid when heated