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also fu·zee  (fyo͞o-zē′)
1. A usually cone-shaped pulley with a spiral groove, used in a cord- or chain-winding clock to maintain even travel in the timekeeping mechanism as the force of the mainspring lessens in unwinding.
a. A colored flare used as a warning signal for trucks and railroad trains.
b. A match with a large head capable of burning in a wind.
c. A combustible fuse for detonating explosives.

[From French fusée, spindle, rocket, flare, fuse, fusee, from Old French, spindleful of thread, from fus, spindle, from Latin fūsus.]


(fjuːˈziː) or


1. (Horology) (in early clocks and watches) a spirally grooved spindle, functioning as an equalizing force on the unwinding of the mainspring
2. (Chemistry) a friction match with a large head, capable of remaining alight in a wind
3. (Chemistry) an explosive fuse
[C16: from French fusée spindleful of thread, from Old French fus spindle, from Latin fūsus]


or fu•zee


n., pl. -sees or -zees.
1. a wooden friction match having a large head, formerly used when a larger than normal flame was needed.
2. a red flare light, used on a railroad as a warning signal to approaching trains.
3. a spirally grooved, conical pulley and chain arrangement for counteracting the diminishing power of an uncoiling mainspring in a watch.
[1580–90; < Middle French fusée spindleful, derivative of Old French *fus spindle. See fuse1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fusee - a spirally grooved spindle in a clock that counteracts the diminishing power of the uncoiling mainspringfusee - a spirally grooved spindle in a clock that counteracts the diminishing power of the uncoiling mainspring
clock - a timepiece that shows the time of day
drive - a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
2.fusee - a colored flare used as a warning signal by trucks and trains
flare - a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
3.fusee - a friction match with a large head that will stay alight in the wind
friction match, match, lucifer - lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction; "he always carries matches to light his pipe"; "as long you've a lucifer to light your fag"
4.fusee - any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
detonating fuse - a fuse containing an explosive
igniter, ignitor, lighter, light - a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; "do you have a light?"
safety fuse - a slow-burning fuse consisting of a tube or cord filled or saturated with combustible matter; used to ignite detonators from a distance
time-fuse - a fuse made to burn for a given time (especially to explode a bomb)
References in classic literature ?
The naturalist, who had advanced with sufficient deliberation to note the smallest hostile demonstration of the garrison, now raised a white handkerchief on the end of his fusee, and came within speaking distance of the fortress.
I was loth to spend our shot too hastily; so I called my servant, not my man Friday, for he was better employed, for, with the greatest dexterity imaginable, he had charged my fusee and his own while we were engaged - but, as I said, I called my other man, and giving him a horn of powder, I had him lay a train all along the piece of timber, and let it be a large train.
says Fusee "The competition is so tight at this level that any advantage that can be gained on your opponent can make the difference between a win and a loss.
cased In about 1726, John Harrison enhanced the accuracy of the fusee even further by adding a maintaining power spring to keep his marine chronometers running during winding.
Ce tir a ete confirme par un porte-parole du chef d'Etat major des armees de Coree du Sud, qui ignorait s'il s'agissait de tests de missiles guides ou de fusees tirees de lanceurs multiples.
57) In another instance, an anonymous French alpine officer expresses derision toward a bombardment when, as soon as it lifts, the whole French line bursts into laughter, "comme une veritable fusee eclairante.
Illustrations vary from a photo of Albert Einstein to schematic drawings of a nocturnal, fusee, and Mayan calendar.
99 [pounds sterling]) is introduced, as well as its Fusee and Pepperwood Grove brands.
Michelozzi P, Forastiere F, Fusee D, Perucci CA, Ostro B, Ancona C, et al.
Though the major search sites provide some guidance at their sites, they don't provide much detail, because doing so would reveal the secrets of their search algorithms, Fusee said.
66 reference is made to Jean Baptiste Christophore Fusee Aublett' book, "Histoire des plantes de la Guiana Francoise" (Paris 1775) where the compiler mentions that this book contains an extract from a letter received from Gabriel de Clieu describing the voyage in which coffee was brought from Europe to the American continent.
The damnable lock has more than 20 parts; then there's the feed block, barrel extension plates, back-plate, fusee spring assembly, etc.