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
Definition for short-circuit (2 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for short-circuit
Word Origin and History for short-circuit
also short-circuit, 1854, in electricity, from short (adj.) + circuit (n.). As a verb, introduce a shunt of low resistance," from 1867; intransitive sense from 1902; in the figurative sense is recorded by 1899. Related: short-circuited; short-circuiting.
Science definitions for short-circuit
Culture definitions for short-circuit
An electrical circuit in which a path of very low resistance has been opened, usually accidentally. When the resistance drops, the electric current (see also current) in the circuit becomes very high and can cause damage to the circuit and start fires.