circuit breaker

noun
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of circuit breaker

: a switch that automatically interrupts the current of an overloaded electric circuit

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First Known Use of circuit breaker

1872

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CIRCUIT BREAKER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of circuit breaker for English Language Learners

  • : a switch that automatically stops the flow of electricity to a place or device if the current becomes too strong or another dangerous problem occurs


CIRCUIT BREAKER Defined for Kids

circuit breaker

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Definition of circuit breaker for Students

: a switch that automatically stops the flow of electric current if a circuit becomes overloaded

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