Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fuse calculated to burn a definite length of time. See fuse.
- n. a fuse made to burn for a given time (especially to explode a bomb)
“The slackers at Homeland Security had not considered the possibility that I might construct a slow chemical time-fuse to ignite a tube of fuselage-melting mousse.”
“The presence of these people about the cabin might interfere with his plans, and so he had resolved to make a slow match do duty as a time-fuse.”
“Evidently there was a second series of charges, either inefficiently wired, or with a very long time-fuse.”
“Among the time-fuse hand grenades may be mentioned the Mills No. 5,”
“In testing the Navy time-fuse by the watch, or michronometer, the safety-plug must be removed: otherwise the fuze will burn longer than the time for which it is marked.”
“The safety-plug should be removed when the Navy time-fuse is used in rifled cannon, as recent experiments show that it is a probable cause of premature explosions of shells.”
“In some instances the French employ an automatic detonator which corresponds in a certain measure to the time-fuse of a shrapnel shell fired from a gun.”
“The first three were exploded by a time-fuse set for from three to five seconds.”
“With the purpose of confusing no less than killing, they used percussion, which burst on striking the ground, as well as shrapnel, which burst by a time-fuse in the air.”
“The sort of accident you set with a time-fuse," said Martlow grimly.”
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