- to shove or turn (someone or something) aside or out of the way.
- to sidetrack; get rid of.
- to divert (a part of a current) by connecting a circuit element in parallel with another.
- to place or furnish with a shunt.
- Railroads. to shift (rolling stock) from one track to another; switch.
- to divert blood or other fluid by means of a shunt.
- the tube itself.
- to move or turn aside or out of the way.
- (of a locomotive with rolling stock) to move from track to track or from point to point, as in a railroad yard; switch.
- the act of shunting; shift.
- Also called bypass. Electricity. a conducting element bridged across a circuit or a portion of a circuit, establishing a current path auxiliary to the main circuit, as a resistor placed across the terminals of an ammeter for increasing the range of the device.
- a railroad switch.
- Surgery. a channel through which blood or other bodily fluid is diverted from its normal path by surgical reconstruction or by a synthetic tube.
- Anatomy. an anastomosis.
- Electricity. being, having, or operating by means of a shunt: a shunt circuit; a shunt generator.
Origin of shunt
Related Words for shuntedhalt, prevent, forestall, avoid, deter, foil, preclude, whirl, swivel, rotate, wiggle, veer, twirl, fluctuate, dangle, hang, lurch, wave, turn, pitch
Examples from the Web for shunted
Contemporary Examples of shunted
By focusing on national interests, the interests of ordinary people are shunted aside, suffering in the long run.The Big Idea: Why Are Climate Change Negotiations Failing?
Paul G. Harris
July 12, 2013
Shunted into inferior schools, many African-American boys do not acquire the skills they need.Trayvon Martin Was the Victim of a Stereotype That Has Its Roots in Crime Statistics
Ralph Richard Banks
March 27, 2012
Historical Examples of shunted
"Tom Cutbill is shunted off the line, I see," said Cutbill, mournfully.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
He had been accepted at first, then coolly tolerated, then shunted to the outer edges.Alarm Clock
Everett B. Cole
We must be off if we mean to get round before our horse-box is shunted.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
Gangs of pruners, pickers, and packers are shifted and shunted as the crop demands.California
Forward, something was shunted from an express car with a heavy crash.Wanted: A Husband
Samuel Hopkins Adams
- to turn or cause to turn to one side; move or be moved aside
- railways to transfer (rolling stock) from track to track
- electronics to divert or be diverted through a shunt
- (tr) to evade by putting off onto someone else
- (tr) motor racing slang to crash (a car)
- the act or an instance of shunting
- a railway point
- electronics a low-resistance conductor connected in parallel across a device, circuit, or part of a circuit to provide an alternative path for a known fraction of the current
- med a channel that bypasses the normal circulation of the blood: a congenital abnormality or surgically induced
- British informal a collision which occurs when a vehicle runs into the back of the vehicle in front
Word Origin for shunt
Word Origin and History for shunted
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.
- 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.