EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Electricity a discontinuous circuit through which no current can flow. Origin of open circuit
First recorded in
1820–30 Related forms o·pen-cir·cuit, adjective
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Then we reason that there is an open-circuit between F and G.
The drop or relay controls a local circuit composed of an open-circuit battery and an ordinary vibrating bell.
Some forms of wet battery work in the same way as the dry battery, and are used like-wise for open-circuit work.
It can be used, therefore, only in "open-circuit" work—such as door-bell circuits, and some forms of fire and burglar alarm.
The open-circuit battery is made in many different ways, so we only describe two of the principal ones.
British Dictionary definitions for open circuit noun an incomplete electrical circuit in which no current flows Compare closed circuit
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An electric circuit in which the normal path of current has been interrupted, either by the disconnection of one part of its conducting pathway from another, or by the intervention of an electric component, such as a transistor. Compare closed circuit.
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