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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fusion  \Fu"sion\,  n.  [L.  fusio,  fr  fundere  fusum  to  pour, 
  melt:  cf  F.  fusion.  See  {Fuse},  v.  t.,  aud  cf  {Foison}.] 
  1.  The  act  or  operation  of  melting  or  rendering  fluid  by 
  heat;  the  act  of  melting  together;  as  the  fusion  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. 
 
  3.  The  union  or  blending  together  of  things  as  melted 
  together. 
 
  The  universal  fusion  of  races,  languages,  and 
  customs  .  .  .  had  produced  a  corresponding  fusion  of 
  creeds.  --C.  Kingsley. 
 
  {Watery  fusion}  (Chem.)  the  melting  of  certain  crystals  by 
  heat  in  their  own  water  of  crystallization. 
 
  4.  (Biol.)  The  union,  or  binding  together,  of  adjacent  parts 
  or  tissues. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fusion 
  n  1:  an  occurrence  that  involves  the  production  of  a  union  [syn: 
  {merger},  {unification}] 
  2:  the  state  of  being  combined  into  one  body  [syn:  {coalition}] 
  3:  a  nuclear  reaction  in  which  nuclei  combine  to  form  more 
  massive  nuclei  with  the  simultaneous  release  of  energy 
  [syn:  {nuclear  fusion},  {nuclear  fusion  reaction}] 
  4:  the  merging  of  adjacent  sounds  or  syllables  or  words 
  5:  the  combining  of  images  from  the  two  eyes  to  form  a  single 
  visual  percept  [syn:  {optical  fusion}] 
  6:  correction  of  an  unstable  part  of  the  spine  by  joining  two 
  or  more  vertebrae;  usually  done  surgically  but  sometimes 
  done  by  traction  or  immobilization  [syn:  {spinal  fusion}] 
  7:  the  act  of  fusing  (or  melting)  together 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  FUSION 
 
  Software  package  supplied  by  Network  Research  Corporation 
  claiming  to  connect  various  different  configurations  of  LAN. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  fusion 
 
    A  {program  transformation}  where  a  {composition} 
  of  two  functions  is  replaced  by  in-lining  them  and  combining 
  their  bodies.  E.g. 
 
  f  x  =  g  (h  x)  ==>  f  x  =  g  (2  *  x) 
  g  x  =  x  +  1  f  x  =  2  *  x  +  1 
  h  x  =  2  *  x 
 
  This  has  the  beneficial  effect  of  reducing  the  number  of 
  function  calls.  It  can  be  especially  useful  where  the 
  intermediate  result  is  a  large  data  structure  which  can  be 
  eliminated. 
 
  See  also  {vertical  loop  combination}. 
 
  (1994-12-05) 
 
 




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