verb (used with object)
to shove or turn (someone or something) aside or out of the way.
to sidetrack; get rid of.
to divert (a part of a current) by connecting a circuit element in parallel with another.
to place or furnish with a shunt.
Railroads. to shift (rolling stock) from one track to another; switch.
to divert blood or other fluid by means of a shunt.
the tube itself.
to move or turn aside or out of the way.
(of a locomotive with rolling stock) to move from track to track or from point to point, as in a railroad yard; switch.
the act of shunting; shift.
Also called bypass. Electricity. a conducting element bridged across a circuit or a portion of a circuit, establishing a current path auxiliary to the main circuit, as a resistor placed across the terminals of an ammeter for increasing the range of the device.
a railroad switch.
Surgery. a channel through which blood or other bodily fluid is diverted from its normal path by surgical reconstruction or by a synthetic tube.
Anatomy. an anastomosis.
Electricity. being, having, or operating by means of a shunt: a shunt circuit; a shunt generator.

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English schunten, shonten to shy (said of horses); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; akin to shun

shunter, noun
unshunted, adjective Unabridged
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shunt (ʃʌnt)
1.  to turn or cause to turn to one side; move or be moved aside
2.  railways to transfer (rolling stock) from track to track
3.  electronics to divert or be diverted through a shunt
4.  (tr) to evade by putting off onto someone else
5.  slang (tr) motor racing to crash (a car)
6.  the act or an instance of shunting
7.  a railway point
8.  electronics a low-resistance conductor connected in parallel across a device, circuit, or part of a circuit to provide an alternative path for a known fraction of the current
9.  med a channel that bypasses the normal circulation of the blood: a congenital abnormality or surgically induced
10.  informal (Brit) a collision which occurs when a vehicle runs into the back of the vehicle in front
[C13: perhaps from shunen to shun]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., perhaps from shunen "to shun" (see shun). Adopted by railways 1842 as a verb, 1862 as a noun, and by technicians in the sense of "electrical conductor" from 1863. Medical use dates from 1923.
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Medical Dictionary

shunt (shŭnt)
A passage between two natural body channels, such as blood vessels, especially one created surgically to divert or permit flow from one pathway or region to another; a bypass.

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Example sentences
Grill shutters that close to shunt air around the car when the engine doesn't need extra cooling.
The routers shunt incoming messages to links heading toward the messages' final destinations.
The proteins of their mitochondria have to shunt electrons from one to another quickly and efficiently.
Some people worry that new media companies may over time shunt old ones aside as producers of content.
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