short-circuit

verb
short-cir·​cuit | \ˈshȯrt-ˈsər-kət \
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.

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Any attempt to short circuit this process through a secretive end run to the courts in the name of security concerns should be squarely rejected. Greg Nojeim, Eric Wenger, Ars Technica, "FBI vs. Facebook Messenger: What’s at stake?," 2 Oct. 2018 Government documents say a short circuit can develop in an air bag control computer made by parts supplier ZF-TRW, and the air bags can fail to deploy. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "Kia recalls more than 500,000 vehicles over concerns that air bags may not inflate," 11 June 2018 Government documents say a short circuit can develop in an air bag control computer made by parts supplier ZF-TRW, and the air bags can fail to deploy. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "Kia recalls more than 500,000 vehicles over concerns that air bags may not inflate," 11 June 2018 Government documents say a short circuit can develop in an air bag control computer made by parts supplier ZF-TRW, and the air bags can fail to deploy. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "Kia recalls more than 500,000 vehicles over concerns that air bags may not inflate," 11 June 2018 The trouble should have stopped there but a circuit breaker failed to trigger, allowing the short circuit to reach a transformer, where another circuit breaker did activate. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando downtown power outage for thousands: initially a mystery and now explained," 28 June 2018 The effects of that short circuit traveled nearly instantly to a transformer station near Robinson Street and Interstate 4. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando downtown power outage for thousands: initially a mystery and now explained," 28 June 2018 Government documents say a short circuit can develop in an air bag control computer made by parts supplier ZF-TRW, and the air bags can fail to deploy. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "Kia recalls more than 500,000 vehicles over concerns that air bags may not inflate," 11 June 2018 Government documents say a short circuit can develop in an air bag control computer made by parts supplier ZF-TRW, and the air bags can fail to deploy. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "Kia recalls more than 500,000 vehicles over concerns that air bags may not inflate," 11 June 2018

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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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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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