from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Formed by melting or casting.
  • adj. Archaic Capable of being fused; fusible.

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  • n. Alternative form of fusil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as fusil, a.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin fūsilis, from fūsus, past participle of fundere, to melt; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.


  • Of all the kinds termed fusile, that which is the densest and is formed out of the finest and most uniform parts is that most precious possession called gold, which is hardened by filtration through rock; this is unique in kind, and has both a glittering and a yellow colour.


  • His whole physical formation seemed to become "fusile" with the fire of his ethical passion, and his eloquence flowed like a stream of molten lava, carrying all before it in its irresistible rush, glorious as well as terrible, and fertilizing while it subdued.

    Collections and Recollections

  • STRANGER: Looking, now, at the world and all the animals and plants, at things which grow upon the earth from seeds and roots, as well as at inanimate substances which are formed within the earth, fusile or non - fusile, shall we say that they come into existence — not having existed previously — by the creation of God, or shall we agree with vulgar opinion about them?

    The Sophist

  • Of the fusile kinds the fairest and heaviest is gold; this is hardened by filtration through rock, and is of a bright yellow colour.


  • The liquid is composed of small and unequal particles, the fusile of large and uniform particles and is more solid, but nevertheless melts at the approach of fire, and then spreads upon the earth.


  • Water, again, admits in the first place of a division into two kinds; the one liquid and the other fusile.


  • The liquid kind is composed of the small and unequal particles of water; and moves itself and is moved by other bodies owing to the want of uniformity and the shape of its particles; whereas the fusile kind, being formed of large and uniform particles, is more stable than the other, and is heavy and compact by reason of its uniformity.


  • Again, when the fire goes out of the fusile substance, it does not pass into a vacuum, but into the neighbouring air; and the air which is displaced forces together the liquid and still moveable mass into the place which was occupied by the fire, and unites it with itself.


  • In the first place, they dug out of the earth whatever was to be found there, solid as well as fusile, and that which is now only a name and was then something more than a name, orichalcum, was dug out of the earth in many parts of the island, being more precious in those days than anything except gold.


  • "Between Acon and Tyre there is a shore all spread over with little hillocks of sand; that bears a glassy sand: the glass indeed is not cast here, but being carried to Sidon, there it is made fusile," &c. Chapter 3: Nain, Luke 7: 11

    From the Talmud and Hebraica


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