verb (used with object)
- to make (an appliance, switch, etc.) inoperable by establishing a short circuit in.
- to carry (a current) as a short circuit.
verb (used without object)
Origin of short-circuit
Origin of short circuit
Examples from the Web for short-circuit
This sort of sustained engagement can short-circuit racially triggered instances of the confirmation bias, wrote Dobbin.
The post concluded, “Question: short memory or short-circuit?”
There are 45 million people who have still got to choose and I am not going to short-circuit that.
The two armature coils are in series with the field-coils and the same disposition of the shunt or short-circuit D is used.The inventions, researches and writings of Nikola Tesla|Thomas Commerford Martin
Worry seems, as it were, to short-circuit nerve currents in the brain, which normally form a long circuit through the body.How to Live|Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
After checking his work, to make sure it would not short-circuit, he grabbed the intercom and began taking it apart.On the Trail of the Space Pirates|Carey Rockwell
Overheated plates buckle their lower edges cut through the separators, causing a short-circuit between plates.The Automobile Storage Battery|O. A. Witte
Tom was even able to make the robot aim its wave energy so as to short-circuit a switch on an electrical control panel.Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X|Victor Appleton