open circuit

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noun Electricity.

a discontinuous circuit through which no current can flow.

Origin of open circuit

First recorded in 1820–30
Related formso·pen-cir·cuit, 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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Science 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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