Sense: 1
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: FUSE2
Sense: 2,3
Date: 1600-1700
Language: Italian
Origin: fuso 'spindle (= long thin part which turns around)', from Latin fusus


1 noun
fuse1 [countable]
1DTPE a short thin piece of wire inside electrical equipment which prevents damage by melting and stopping the electricity when there is too much power:
two 13 amp fuses
I taught him how to change a fuse.
blow a fuse (=make it melt by putting too much electricity through it)
2 also fuze American EnglishSCB a thing that delays a bomb, firework etc from exploding until you are a safe distance away, or makes it explode at a particular time

a short fuse

if someone has a short fuse, they get angry very easily

➔ blow a fuse

at blow1 (16)

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