Definition of fuse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fjuːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fjuːz//
    Electronics, How machines work
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  1. 1a small wire or device inside a piece of electrical equipment that breaks and stops the current if the flow of electricity is too strong to change a fuse Check whether a fuse has blown. See related entries: Electronics, How machines work
  2. 2a long piece of string or paper which is lit to make a bomb or a firework explode
  3. 3(North American English also fuze) a device that makes a bomb explode when it hits something or at a particular time He set the fuse to three minutes. The bombs inside were on a one-hour fuse.
  4. Word Originnoun sense 1 late 16th cent.: from Latin fus- ‘poured, melted’, from the verb fundere. noun senses 2 to 3 mid 17th cent.: from Italian fuso, from Latin fusus ‘spindle’.Extra examples He set the fuse to thirty minutes. Make sure that the correct fuse is fitted. The fire started in the fuse box downstairs. When the machine was switched on it blew a fuse.Idioms (informal) to get very angry See related entries: Anger
    have/be on a short fuse
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    to have a tendency to get angry quickly and easily You may find your temper on a short fuse when confronting your teenager. See related entries: Anger
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