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[oh-ver-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-] /ˈoʊ vərˌkɜr ənt, -ˌkʌr-/
noun, Electricity
a current of a magnitude that is greater than a limiting value, as the value at which a fuse melts.
Origin of overcurrent
1930-35; over- + current Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for overcurrent
  • overcurrent devices shall be readily accessible to each employee or authorized building management personnel.
  • When sizing overcurrent protection, the device closest to the load should be the smallest size.
  • All outputs of the power supply are protected for both overvoltage and overcurrent.
  • overcurrent protection devices are designed to protect equipment and structures from fire.
  • overcurrent protection is provided to return the supply to standby operation in the event of excessive load current.
  • A sustained overcurrent by opening the motor breaker or motor line contacts.
  • B sustained overcurrent by opening contacts in the motor windings.
  • The transfer equipment may contain the service overcurrent protection.

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