Definition of fusee in English:

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Pronunciation: /fjuːˈziː/
(US fuzee)


1A conical pulley or wheel, especially in a watch or clock.
Example sentences
  • We next observe a flexible chain (artificially wrought for the sake of flexure) communicating the action of the spring from the box to the fusee.
  • The fuzees were all hand made with hand cut gears again increasing the cost over watches made with interchangeable parts.
  • On the 10th of December, when he pledged the coat and waistcoat, I gave him a silver watch for two fuzees, I had them cleaned, and they were sold previous to this being found out.
2A large-headed match capable of staying alight in strong wind.
Example sentences
  • Two fuzees and a gallon of fuel oil turn it into a thundering conflagration towering 40 feet over our heads.
  • The fusees had little or no effect in igniting the manzanita.
  • They, the tired and famished ones, bring with them their stock-in-trade, their cigar fuzees, their boot blackers and shiners, and their humble single brushes with which to ‘brush you down, sir,’ for a penny.
3North American A railway signal flare.
Example sentences
  • The holder itself came from another essential railway tool, it was the discarded top of a fusee!
  • Had the agent, a senior man of 30 years service, had a lit hand lamp handy, or had he lit a fusee to wave a ‘washout’ signal instead of yelling at the passing engines it would likely have turned out differently.
  • Other problems have occurred such as fusees sticking in ignitor tubes and fusees that fail to ignite.


Late 16th century (denoting a spindle-shaped figure): from French fusée 'spindle-ful', based on Latin fusus 'spindle'.

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