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shunt

[ shuhnt ]
/ ʃʌnt /
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verb (used with object)
noun
adjective
Electricity. being, having, or operating by means of a shunt: a shunt circuit; a shunt generator.
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Origin of shunt

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English schunten, shonten to shy (said of horses); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; akin to shun

OTHER WORDS FROM shunt

shunter, nounun·shunt·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shunt

shunt
/ (ʃʌnt) /

verb
noun

Word Origin for shunt

C13: perhaps from shunen to shun
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Medical definitions for shunt

shunt
[ shŭnt ]

n.
A passage between two natural body channels, such as blood vessels, especially one created surgically to divert or permit flow from one pathway or region to another; a bypass.
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