fuse 2 (fyz)
v. fused, fus·ing, fus·es
a. To join (different pieces or elements) together physically, as by melting or heating: bits of glass fused in a kiln; atomic nuclei that are fused together inside the stars.
b. To blend or combine together: "Edison's invention strategy effectively fused research and development in a seamless process" (Seth Shulman).
2. To liquefy or reduce to a plastic state by heating; melt.
a. To become physically joined together, as by melting.
2. To become liquefied from heat.
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.
[Latin fundere, fūs-, to melt; see gheu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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