misconnect

verb, transitive + intransitive mis·con·nect \ ˌmis-kə-ˈnekt \

Definition of misconnect

misconnected; misconnecting
: to connect (something) in a wrong or improper way
  • Spark plug wires should be replaced one at a time between the distributor cap or ignition coils and the spark plugs to avoid misconnecting the wires. If you misconnect the wires, the engine will not run.
  • —Ronald G. Haefner
  • two people who sometimes misconnect

First Known Use of misconnect

1883

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