- to make (an appliance, switch, etc.) inoperable by establishing a short circuit in.
- to carry (a current) as a short circuit.
- to bypass, impede, hinder, or frustrate: Bad weather short-circuited my vacation plans.
- Electricity. to form a short circuit or become inoperable due to a short circuit.
Origin of short-circuit
- an abnormal, usually unintentional condition of relatively low resistance between two points of different potential in a circuit, usually resulting in a flow of excess current.
Origin of short circuit
Related Words for short-circuitduck, shuffle, sidestep, evade, elude, escape, ditch, skirt, trick, swerve, deceive, fence, pussyfoot, equivocate, lurch, parry, dark, slide, malinger, weasel
Examples from the Web for short-circuit
Contemporary Examples of short-circuit
This sort of sustained engagement can short-circuit racially triggered instances of the confirmation bias, wrote Dobbin.Office Parties Are Bad for Business
December 19, 2013
The post concluded, “Question: short memory or short-circuit?”Tesla Goes to War
May 23, 2013
There are 45 million people who have still got to choose and I am not going to short-circuit that.Gordon Brown's Disastrous Day
April 29, 2010
Historical Examples of short-circuit
The induced currents in the rod amounted to a short-circuit of the field.Invasion
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Direct contact with a Throg mind appears to short-circuit them.Storm Over Warlock
And in an eon of lying they never have run up against a short-circuit like that.Letter of the Law
Alan Edward Nourse
He may short-circuit some of them by means of Colonel House.Idling in Italy
We cannot bluff Providence, or short-circuit things to our liking.The Wanderings of a Spiritualist
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a faulty or accidental connection between two points of different potential in an electric circuit, bypassing the load and establishing a path of low resistance through which an excessive current can flow. It can cause damage to the components if the circuit is not protected by a fuse
- to develop or cause to develop a short circuit
- (tr) to bypass (a procedure, regulation, etc)
- (tr) to hinder or frustrate (plans, etc)
Word Origin and History for short-circuit
- An electrical path in a circuit that causes most of the current to flow around or away from some other path in the circuit. Accidental short circuits, especially between the high and low voltages of a power supply, can cause very strong current to flow, possibly damaging or overheating the circuit.