Definition of Fusee

1. Noun. A spirally grooved spindle in a clock that counteracts the diminishing power of the uncoiling mainspring.

Exact synonyms: Fusee Drive
Group relationships: Clock
Generic synonyms: Drive

2. Noun. A colored flare used as a warning signal by trucks and trains.
Exact synonyms: Fuzee
Generic synonyms: Flare

3. Noun. A friction match with a large head that will stay alight in the wind.
Exact synonyms: Fuzee
Generic synonyms: Friction Match, Lucifer, Match

4. Noun. Any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant.
Exact synonyms: Fuse, Fuze, Fuzee, Primer, Priming
Specialized synonyms: Detonating Fuse, Safety Fuse, Time-fuse
Generic synonyms: Igniter, Ignitor, Light, Lighter
Derivative terms: Fuse, Prime

Definition of Fusee

1. n. A flintlock gun. See 2d Fusil.

2. n. The track of a buck.

3. n. The cone or conical wheel of a watch or clock, designed to equalize the power of the mainspring by having the chain from the barrel which contains the spring wind in a spiral groove on the surface of the cone in such a manner that the diameter of the cone at the point where the chain acts may correspond with the degree of tension of the spring.

4. n. A signal used principally for the protection of trains, consisting of a tube filled with a composition which burns with a bright colored light for a definite time.

Definition of Fusee

1. Noun. A conical, grooved pulley in early clocks. ¹

2. Noun. A large friction match. ¹

3. Noun. A fuse for an explosive. ¹

4. Noun. (American English) A colored flare used as a warning on the railroad ¹

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Definition of Fusee

1. a large-headed friction match [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fusee

fuse box
fuse boxes
fused kidney
fused sentence
fused sentences
fused silver nitrate
fused teeth
fusee (current term)
fusee drive
fusel oil

Literary usage of Fusee

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1838)
"When this principle u applied to a fusee, it is termed a going fusee ; but maintaining power, as a more comprehensive term, is now generally applied. lever ..."

2. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by William Thomas Brande, George William Cox (1867)
"The use of the fusee is to equalise the action of the spring. ... The principle generally adopted for determining the figure of the fusee is, ..."

3. The Operative Mechanic, and British Machinist: Being a Practical Display of by John Nicholson (1825)
"509; for when the weight on the lever is an exact counterpoise to the force of the mainspring in every part of the successive revolutions of the fusee, ..."

4. The Useful Arts: Considered in Connexion with the Applications of Science by Jacob Bigelow (1853)
"As the chain is wound up, upon the fusee, it rises in the spiral groove, and lifts up the lever, until it touches the upper plate. ..."

5. Time Telling Through the Ages by Harry Chase Brearley (1919)
"fusee—Invented by Jacob Zech of Prague about 1525. Consists of a specially grooved cone-shaped pulley interposed between the mainspring barrel and the great ..."

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