short-circuit

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verb short-cir·cuit \ ˈshȯrt-ˈsər-kət \

Definition of short-circuit

transitive verb
1 :to apply a short circuit to or establish a short circuit in
2 :bypass 2
intransitive verb
:to become shunted by a short circuit
  • The radio short-circuited.

First Known Use of short-circuit

1867


short circuit

noun

Definition of short circuit

:a connection of comparatively low resistance accidentally or intentionally made between points on a circuit between which the resistance is normally much greater

Examples of short circuit in a Sentence

  1. The fire was caused by a short circuit.

First Known Use of short circuit

1854


SHORT-CIRCUIT Defined for English Language Learners

short-circuit

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Definition of short-circuit for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to have a short circuit

  • : to stop working because of a short circuit

  • : to avoid doing (something)


short circuit

noun

Definition of short circuit for English Language Learners

  • : the failure of electricity to flow properly in a circuit because the wires or connections in the circuit are damaged or not connected properly


SHORT-CIRCUIT Defined for Kids

short circuit

noun

Definition of short circuit for Students

:an electrical connection made between points in an electric circuit between which current does not normally flow


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