[ shuhnt ]
/ ʃʌnt /

verb (used with object)



Electricity. being, having, or operating by means of a shunt: a shunt circuit; a shunt generator.

Nearby words

  1. shultz, george pratt,
  2. shulwar,
  3. shumen,
  4. shun,
  5. shunpike,
  6. shunt-wound,
  7. shunter,
  8. shunting engine,
  9. shunto,
  10. shura

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

Related formsshunt·er, nounun·shunt·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shunt


/ (ʃʌnt) /



Word Origin for shunt

C13: perhaps from shunen to shun

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Word Origin and History for shunt
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Medicine definitions for shunt


[ shŭnt ]


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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