Definition of short-circuit
- The radio short-circuited.
The fire was caused by a short circuit.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'short circuit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
: to cause (something) to have a short circuit
: to stop working because of a short circuit
: to avoid doing (something)
: the failure of electricity to flow properly in a circuit because the wires or connections in the circuit are damaged or not connected properly
What made you want to look up short-circuit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).