- Also called electric circuit.the complete path of an electric current, including the generating apparatus, intervening resistors, or capacitors.
- any well-defined segment of a complete circuit.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of circuit
Synonyms for circuit
- a complete route or course, esp one that is curved or circular or that lies around an object
- the area enclosed within such a route
- a complete path through which an electric current can flow
- (as modifier)a circuit diagram
- a periodical journey around an area, as made by judges, salesmen, etc
- the route traversed or places visited on such a journey
- the persons making such a journey
- a series of tournaments in which the same players regularly take partthe international tennis circuit
- the circuitthe contestants who take part in such a series
Word Origin for circuit
late 14c., "a going around; a line going around," from Old French circuit (14c.) "a circuit; a journey (around something)," from Latin circuitus "a going around," from stem of circuire, circumire "go around," from circum "round" (see circum-) + ire "to go" (see ion). Electrical sense is from 1746. Of judicial assignments, from 1570s; of venues for itinerant entertainers, from 1834. Circuit breaker is recorded from 1874. Related: Circuital.
"to go around," early 15c., from circuit (n.). Related: Circuited; circuiting.