shortcircuit

short-circuit

[shawrt-sur-kit]
verb (used with object)
1.
Electricity.
a.
to make (an appliance, switch, etc.) inoperable by establishing a short circuit in.
b.
to carry (a current) as a short circuit.
2.
to bypass, impede, hinder, or frustrate: Bad weather short-circuited my vacation plans.
verb (used without object)
3.
Electricity. to form a short circuit or become inoperable due to a short circuit.

Origin:
1870–75

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short circuit   (shôrt)  Pronunciation Key 
An electrical path in a circuit that causes most of the current to flow around or away from some other path in the circuit. Accidental short circuits, especially between the high and low voltages of a power supply, can cause very strong current to flow, possibly damaging or overheating the circuit.
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short circuit definition


An electrical circuit in which a path of very low resistance has been opened, usually accidentally. When the resistance drops, the electric current in the circuit becomes very high and can cause damage to the circuit and start fires.

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