noun A safety device consisting of a strip of wire that melts and breaks an electric circuit if the current exceeds a safe level.
verb Join or blend to form a single entity. (intermarriage had fused the families into a large unit) (of an electrical appliance) stop working when a fuse melts. (the crew were left in darkness after the lights fused) Provide (a circuit or electrical appliance) with a fuse. (there is no need to fuse the circuit any higher unless there is other equipment on the same circuit)
noun A length of material along which a small flame moves to explode a bomb or firework, meanwhile allowing time for those who light it to move to a safe distance. (a bomb on a short fuse)
verb Fit a fuse to (a bomb, shell, or mine) (the bomb was fused to go off during a charity performance)