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phantom circuit

noun, Electricity
1.
a circuit derived from two suitably arranged pairs of wires, each pair being a circuit (side circuit) and also acting as one half of an additional derived circuit, the entire system providing the capabilities of three circuits while requiring wires for only two.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
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