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noun Electricity.

a discontinuous circuit through which no current can flow.

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Compare closed circuit.

Origin of open circuit

First recorded in 1820–30

OTHER WORDS FROM open circuit

open-circuit, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for open circuit

open circuit

noun

an incomplete electrical circuit in which no current flowsCompare closed circuit
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Scientific definitions for open circuit

open circuit
[ ōpən ]

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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