Dictionary: FU'SI-BLE – FU'TILE-LY

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FU'SI-BLE, a. [s as z. Fr. from L. fusus, from fundo.]

That may be melted or liquefied. The earths are found to be fusible.

FU'SI-FORM, a. [L. fusus, a spindle, and form.]

Shaped like a spindle. Pennant.

FU'SIL, a. [s as z. Fr. fusile; L. fusilis, from fusus, fundo.]

  1. Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat.
  2. Running; flowing, as a liquid. Milton. Philips.

FU'SIL, n. [s as z. Fr. from L. fusus, fundo.]

  1. A light musket or firelock.
  2. A bearing in heraldry of a rhomboidal figure, named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle. Encyc.

FU-SIL-EER, n. [from fusil.]

Properly, a soldier armed with a fusil; but in modern times, a soldier armed like others of the infantry, and distinguished by wearing a cap like a grenadier, but somewhat shorter.

FU'SION, n. [s as z. L. fusio; Fr. fusion; from L. fundo, fusum.]

  1. The act or operation of melting or rendering fluid by heat, without the aid of a solvent; as, the fusion of ice or of metals.
  2. The state of being melted or dissolved by heat; a state of fluidity or flowing in consequence of heat; as metals in fusion. Watery fusion, the melting of certain crystals by heat in their own water of crystalization. Chimistry.


Handsome; neat; notable. [Local.] Grose.

FUSS, n. [allied perhaps to Gr. φυσαω, to blow or puff.]

A tumult; a bustle; but the word is vulgar.


A large, gross woman. [Local.] Grose.

FUSS'Y, a.

Making a fuss.

FUST, n.1 [Fr. fût; It. fusta; L. fustis, a staff.]

The shaft of a column.

FUST, n.2 [Fr. fût.]

A strong musty smell.

FUST, v.i.

To become moldy; to smell ill. Shak.


Moldy; ill smelling.

FUS'TET, n. [Fr.; Sp. and Port. fustete.]

The wood of the Rhus cotinus, which yields a fine orange color. Ure.


  1. Made of fustian.
  2. In style, swelling above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; too pompous; ridiculously tumid; bombastic. Dryden.

FUS'TIAN, n. [Fr. futaine; Arm. fustenn; Sp. fustan, the name of a place.]

  1. A kind of cotton stuff, or stuff of cotton and linen.
  2. An inflated style of writing; a kind of writing in which high sounding words are used, above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; a swelling style; bombast. Fustian is thoughts and words ill sorted. Dryden


One who writes bombast. Milton.

FUS'TIC, n. [Sp. fuste, wood, timber; L. fustis.]

The wood of the Maclura tinctoria of Don, a tree growing in the West Indies, and used in dyeing yellow.

FU'S-TI-GA'TION, n. [L. fustigateo, from fustigo, to beat with a cudgel, from fustis, a stick or club.]

Among the ancient Romans, a punishment by beating with a stick or club, inflicted on freemen. Encyc.


A fusty state or quality; an ill smell from moldiness, or moldiness itself.

FUS'TY, a. [See Fust.]

Moldy; musty; ill-smelling; rank; rancid. Shak.


A smelting. [See Fuse.]

FU'TILE, a. [Fr.; L. futilis, from futio, to pour out; effutio, to prate or babble; Heb. and Ch. בטא, to utter rashly or foolishly. Class Bd, No. 2, 6, 15.]

  1. Talkative; loquacious; tattling. [Obs.] Bacon.
  2. Trifling; of no weight or importance; answering no valuable purpose; worthless.
  3. Of no effect.

FU'TILE-LY, adv.

In a futile manner.