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A spirally grooved spindle in a clock that counteracts the diminishing power of the uncoiling mainspring.  Synonym: fusee drive.
A colored flare used as a warning signal by trucks and trains.  Synonym: fuzee.
A friction match with a large head that will stay alight in the wind.  Synonym: fuzee.
Any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant.  Synonyms: fuse, fuze, fuzee, primer, priming.

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"Fusee" Quotes from Famous Books

... passed silently, and bowing over his head towards the fire, seemed invoking some curse or some blessing on the toil. But, as Ahab looked up, he slid aside. .. What's that bunch of lucifers dodging about there for? muttered Stubb, looking on from the forecastle. That Parsee smells fire like a fusee; and smells of it himself, like a hot musket's powder-pan. At last the shank, in one complete rod, received its final heat; and as perth, to temper it, plunged it all hissing into the cask of water near by, the scalding steam shot up ...
— Moby-Dick • Melville

... they continued to advance upon us; and then that those who had fired at first should not pretend to load their fusees again, but stand ready every one with a pistol, for we were all armed with a fusee and a pair of pistols each man; so we were, by this method, able to fire six volleys, half of us at a time: however, at present we had no necessity; for upon firing the first volley, the enemy made a full stop, being terrified as well with the noise as ...
— The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Of York, Mariner, Vol. 1 • Daniel Defoe

... tearing was heard, and a pair of beautiful hands reached for the tobacco. In a few moments the slender fingers were pressing a cigarette; the slave lighted a wax fusee; the lady took it, put the cigarette in a rent of her veil, and a second volume of odorous vapour arose. Pobloff leaned back, stupefied. A Mohammedan woman smoking in a Trans-Caucasian railway carriage before a Frank! Stupendous! He ...
— Visionaries • James Huneker

... was trying to prove to me the nine hundred and ninety-ninth of his amateur detective theories. He would go about London, with this mad logic in his brain, seeing a conspiracy in a cab accident, and a special providence in a falling fusee. His suspicions at the moment were fixed upon an unhappy milkman who walked in front of us. So arresting were the incidents which afterwards overtook us that I am really afraid that I have forgotten what were the main outlines ...
— The Club of Queer Trades • G. K. Chesterton

... he evidently slanders you when he maintains that you love anything else but your new boots and to some small degree your own person. You yourself are a love-spurting nature, little Bellmaus. You glow like a fusee whenever you see a young lady. Spluttering and smoky you hover around her, and yet don't dare even to address her. But we must be lenient with him; his shyness is to blame. He blushes in woman's presence, and is still capable of lovely emotions, for he started ...
— The German Classics Of The Nineteenth And Twentieth Centuries, Volume 12 • Various

Words linked to "Fusee" :   light, safety fuse, lucifer, clock, ignitor, drive, igniter, time-fuse, flare, detonating fuse, friction match, match, lighter

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