short-circuit

verb
short-cir·​cuit | \ ˈshȯrt-ˈsər-kət How to pronounce short-circuit (audio) \
short-circuited; short-circuiting; short-circuits

Definition of short-circuit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to apply a short circuit to or establish a short circuit in

intransitive verb

: to become shunted by a short circuit The radio short-circuited.

short circuit

noun

Definition of short circuit (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of short-circuit in a Sentence

Noun The fire was caused by a short circuit.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The positive battery cable terminals may contact a fuse block assembly attachment post and cause an electrical short circuit. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for April 22-29," 30 Apr. 2021 The company says in government documents that a computer can power the ignition coil after the car is shut off, causing a short circuit. NBC News, "Subaru recalls nearly 900,000 vehicles for engine, suspension problems," 21 Apr. 2021 Currently, Hyundai is investigating the cause of the short circuit in the ABS module. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Hyundai Recalls 95,000 Genesis Sedans, G80 for Possible Fire Risk," 18 Mar. 2021 The positive battery cable terminals may contact a fuse block assembly attachment post and cause an electrical short circuit. USA TODAY, "Car recalls for April 1-8," 8 Apr. 2021 The positive battery cable terminals may contact a fuse block assembly attachment post and cause an electrical short circuit. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for April 1-8 include 628,000 Acuras, 60,000 Chevrolets," 8 Apr. 2021 The problems stem from the anti-lock-brake systems in the Genesis vehicles and a lithium-ion battery short circuit in the EVs, NHTSA said. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "100,000 More Hyundai, Genesis Vehicles Added to Fire Recall List," 1 Apr. 2021 The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) module could malfunction and short circuit. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for March 11-18," 20 Mar. 2021 The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) module could malfunction and short circuit. USA TODAY, "Car recalls for March 11-18," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of short-circuit

Verb

1867, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short-circuit was in 1854

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“Short-circuit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short-circuit. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for short-circuit

short-circuit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of short-circuit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (something) to have a short circuit
: to stop working because of a short circuit
: to avoid doing (something)

short circuit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of short circuit (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun

Kids Definition of short circuit

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

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