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Topic: ELECTRICITY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: fusus, past participle of fundere 'to pour, melt'

fuse

2 verb
     
fuse2 [intransitive and transitive]
1HC to join together physically, or to make things join together, and become a single thing
fuse (something) together
The egg and sperm fuse together as one cell.
2 to combine different qualities, ideas, or things, or to be combined [= merge]:
Their music fuses elements as diverse as Cajun, bebop and Cuban waltzes.
fuse (something) with something
Leonard takes Carver-style dirty realism and fuses it with the pace of a detective story.
fuse (something) into something
We intend to fuse the companies into a single organization.
3 British EnglishTEE if electrical equipment fuses, or if you fuse it, it stops working because a fuse has melted:
The lights have fused again.
4 technicalHC if a rock or metal fuses, or if ,you fuse it, it becomes liquid by being heated:
Lead fuses at quite a low temperature.
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