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open circuit

noun, Electricity
1.
a discontinuous circuit through which no current can flow.
Compare closed circuit.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30
Related forms
open-circuit, adjective
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  • The drug seemed to be completing some open circuit in his brain, turning it into a humming, pulsing lattice-work of neurones.
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open circuit

noun
1.
an incomplete electrical circuit in which no current flows Compare closed circuit
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open circuit
  (ō'pən)   
An electric circuit in which the normal path of current has been interrupted, either by the disconnection of one part of its conducting pathway from another, or by the intervention of an electric component, such as a transistor. Compare closed circuit.
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