What does the word fuse mean?

Usage examples for fuse

  1. Luckily the fuse was a long one, and the crocodile floundered about a good deal in the mud ere it could reach him. – Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines by H. Wilfrid Walker
  2. One man with a bomb and a time fuse attached to it can blow up a culvert and block a whole line so that precious hours might be lost in getting troops aboard a transport. – The Boy Scout Aviators by George Durston