short–circuit

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verb short–cir·cuit \ˈshȯrt-ˈsər-kət\

Definition of short–circuit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to apply a short circuit to or establish a short circuit in

  3. 2 :  bypass 2

  4. 3 :  frustrate, impede

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become shunted by a short circuit <The radio short-circuited.>

1867

First Known Use of short–circuit

1867


SHORT–CIRCUIT Defined for English Language Learners

short–circuit

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verb short–cir·cuit \ˈshȯrt-ˈsər-kət\

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)

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