fusion

Fusion is the process of combining two or more things together into one. If your favorite genres are Westerns and reality dating shows, maybe when you become a TV executive, you'll create a fusion of the two, where competing dates have shoot-outs in saloons.

The noun fusion comes from the Latin word fundere, meaning melt, so fusion is the act of melting things together. In science, fusion is the process of merging atoms together to create energy. Fusion is also used as an adjective. Fusion cuisine is the combination of at least two different ways of cooking. Fusion music is usually the combination of jazz and rock.

Primary Meanings of fusion

1.
n
the act of fusing (or melting) together
2.
n
a nuclear reaction in which nuclei combine to form more massive nuclei with the simultaneous release of energy
Full Definitions of fusion
1

n the act of fusing (or melting) together

Type of:
combination, combining, compounding
the act of combining things to form a new whole

n an occurrence that involves the production of a union

Synonyms:
merger, unification
Type of:
union
the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts

n the state of being combined into one body

Synonyms:
coalition
Types:
alliance, confederation
the state of being allied or confederated
federalisation, federalization
the state of being under federal control
Type of:
unification, union
the state of being joined or united or linked

n the merging of adjacent sounds or syllables or words

Types:
syncretism
the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use of inflections)
Type of:
linguistic process
a process involved in human language

n the combining of images from the two eyes to form a single visual percept

Synonyms:
optical fusion
Type of:
beholding, seeing, visual perception
perception by means of the eyes

n correction of an unstable part of the spine by joining two or more vertebrae; usually done surgically but sometimes done by traction or immobilization

Synonyms:
spinal fusion
Type of:
correction
treatment of a specific defect
2

n a nuclear reaction in which nuclei combine to form more massive nuclei with the simultaneous release of energy

Synonyms:
nuclear fusion, nuclear fusion reaction
Types:
cold fusion
nuclear fusion at or near room temperatures; claims to have discovered it are generally considered to have been mistaken
thermonuclear reaction
a nuclear fusion reaction taking place at very high temperatures (as in the sun)
carbon cycle
a thermonuclear reaction in the interior of stars
Type of:
nuclear reaction
(physics) a process that alters the energy or structure or composition of atomic nuclei