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  1. (noun) A cord of readily combustible material that is lighted at one end to carry a flame along its length to detonate an explosive at the other end.
  2. (noun) A mechanical or electrical mechanism used to detonate an explosive charge or device such as a bomb or grenade: "A mechanical . . . switch is used to initiate the fuzes” ( International Defense Review).
  3. (verb-transitive) To equip with a mechanical or electrical fuse: "The bomb . . . was fuzed and timed to explode after the aircraft had taken off” ( Aviation Week & Space Technology).
  4. (verb-transitive) To liquefy or reduce to a plastic state by heating; melt.
  5. (verb-transitive) To mix (constituent elements) together by or as if by melting; blend.
  6. (verb-intransitive) To become liquefied from heat.
  7. (verb-intransitive) To become mixed or united by or as if by melting together: "There was no separation between joy and sorrow: they fused into one” ( Henry Miller). See Synonyms at mix.
  8. (noun) A safety device that protects an electric circuit from excessive current, consisting of or containing a metal element that melts when current exceeds a specific amperage, thereby opening the circuit.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. The word fuse popped into Marlene’s head, along with a colossal terror. - Enemy Within
  2. His fuse is getting short as some dare to stand up to him and he anticipates the possibility that he won't get his way. - Obama: More bang for the buck
  3. And I suspect that the mother who lit the fuse is not exactly a Green or NDP voter. - Archive 2009-02-01
  4. And an open question to the Muslim Terrorists: What good are 72 virgins if the fuse is gonna fail to ignite at the critical moment? - The term ‘Molotov cocktail’ is notably absent from this Lars Vilks report. | RedState
  5. "It doesn't mean he's not mistaken," Clemens blurts out, suggesting the Rocket fuse is burning short. - Pettitte comes out on top during Clemens, McNamee hearing

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