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fuse

verb To join or melt one substance into another.

fuse

(fūz) [L. fusus, poured]
1. A safety device consisting of a strip of wire made from easily meltable metal of predetermined conductance. The metal melts, breaking the circuit when excess current passes through.
2. To unite or blend together, as the coherence of adjacent body structures.
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Any Old Firm player appearing on the scene at 3 am on a Saturday is liable to light the fuse paper.
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Reid was overpowered by passengers and crew on the flight from Paris to Miami when he allegedly attempted to light the fuse to trigger his bomb.
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