verb (used with object)
- to divert (a part of a current) by connecting a circuit element in parallel with another.
- to place or furnish with a shunt.
- to divert blood or other fluid by means of a shunt.
- the tube itself.
Origin of shunt
Related Words for shunthalt, prevent, forestall, avoid, deter, foil, preclude, whirl, swivel, rotate, wiggle, veer, twirl, fluctuate, dangle, hang, lurch, wave, turn, pitch
Examples from the Web for shunt
Contemporary Examples of shunt
You know, like Nixon tried to shunt responsibility for the break-in on to Liddy, Sturgis, et al.It’s Time to Get More Women in the NFL Boardroom
September 12, 2014
Television stations can turn down their ads for any reason or shunt them into any time spot.Is Super PACs’ Influence on the 2012 Presidential Election Overhyped?
February 16, 2012
Instead of attacking neighbors, why not shunt the wrath onto one poor soul who stands in for all would-be enemies?GOP Primaries Provide a Feast for Our Schadenfreude Appetite
Eric G. Wilson
January 19, 2012
Historical Examples of shunt
Its function is to shunt the lift out of the gas, and this it will do without watching.With The Night Mail
Look at that meter—and I've had to throw in number ten shunt!Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
All right,” he answered, endeavoring to look unconcerned, “shunt us off.Chasing an Iron Horse
It would be cowardly to shunt this wretched task off on somebody else.Walter and the Wireless
Sara Ware Bassett
Clear the fishing fleet and shunt the Florence to the rocks with the wind and current.El Diablo
Word Origin for shunt
early 13c., "to shy, start," perhaps from shunen "to shun" (see shun), and altered by influence of shot or shut. Meaning "to turn aside" is from late 14c.; that of "move out of the way" is from 1706. Adopted by railways from 1842. Related: Shunted; shunting.
1838, in railway use, from shunt (v.). By technicians in the sense of "electrical conductor" from 1863. Medical use dates from 1923.