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Meaning of “fuse” in the English Dictionary

"fuse" in British English

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fusenoun [C]

uk   us   /fjuːz/
  • fuse noun [C] (SAFETY PART)

a ​smallsafetypart in an ​electricaldevice or ​piece of ​machinery that ​causes it to ​stopworking if the ​electriccurrent is too high, and so ​preventsfires or other ​dangers: My hairdryer's ​stoppedworking - I ​think the fuse has blown (= ​broken). Have you ​tried changing the fuse?
  • fuse noun [C] (DEVICE ON EXPLOSIVE)

a ​string or ​piece of ​paperconnected to a firework or other ​explosiveproduct by which it is ​lit, or a ​device inside a ​bomb that ​causes it to ​explode after a ​fixedlength of ​time or when it ​hits or is near something: He lit the fuse and ​ran.

fuseverb [I or T]

uk   us   /fjuːz/
to ​join or ​becomecombined: Genes ​determine how we ​develop from the ​moment the ​sperm fuses with the ​egg. The ​bones of the ​skull are not ​properly fused at ​birth. In Istanbul, ​East and ​West fuse together in a way that is ​fascinating to ​observe.
UK When an ​electricaldevice or ​piece of ​machinery fuses, or when someone or something fuses it, it ​stopsworking because the ​electriccurrent is too high: Either my ​headlights have fused or the ​bulbs have gone. The ​kids were ​messing around with the ​switches and they fused the ​lights.
(Definition of fuse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fuse" in American English

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fusenoun [C]

 us   /fjuz/
  • fuse noun [C] (SAFETY DEVICE)

a ​safetydevice for ​protecting an ​electricalsystem which ​contains a ​material that will ​melt if too much ​electricitypasses through the ​system
  • fuse noun [C] (EXPLOSIVE DEVICE)

a ​cord or ​tube along which a ​flame moves to ​lightfireworks or ​bomb, or a ​device inside a ​bomb that ​causes it to ​explode at a ​particulartime or when it ​hits something

fuseverb [I/T]

 us   /fjuz/
to ​join or ​becomecombined, or to ​cause things to ​join: [I] The two ​cells are fused with a ​jolt of ​electricity. [T] The ​heat of the ​fire fused many of the machine’s ​parts together.
(Definition of fuse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fuse" in Business English

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fuseverb [I or T]

uk   us   /fjuːz/
to ​join together to ​form one thing, or to make something do this: The ​merger would fuse three ​companies that together ​employ 3,500 ​people. fuse into sth The ​municipalities may ​even, in the future, fuse into a ​single city.
(Definition of fuse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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