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.
- shunter, noun
- un·shunt·ed, adjective
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How to use shunt in a sentence
I’ve shunted the majority of those apps to a cluttered, secondary screen.
Unfortunately, the CFP, in addition to being a cartel that caters to the 65 power schools while shunting the Group of Five schools to the side, is completely lacking in leadership.Coach K is right: College football and basketball need their own commissioners | John Feinstein | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Even as more and more blood gets shunted to the brain, that blood is carrying less and less oxygen as the breath hold proceeds, so gradually your levels of brain oxygen begin to decline.How Does Your Brain Respond When You Hold Your Breath? | Alex Hutchinson | November 25, 2020 | Outside Online
Authorities shunted them off to a quarantine island where they endured squalor and isolation.
Though unconfirmed, the Holy See ambassador is reportedly being shunted to an apartment not far from the embassy.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
He bristles at the way his colleague has been so casually shunted aside.David Petraeus: A Good General Is a Terrible Thing to Waste | Diane Dimond | November 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both boys narrowly missed being run down by an ore train as it was shunted out on the trestle.The Iron Boys on the Ore Boats | James R. Mears
Some trucks had been shunted from a train in front, and they, by some mistake, came running down the hill to meet the "Irishman."Little Folks | Various
Crack patrol commanders were not shunted into remote, lifeless Satellite Stations if their stand in the Government was high.Derelict | Alan Edward Nourse
Larry picked up the pouch flung him and accepted without remark this being abruptly shunted off the track.Children of the Whirlwind | Leroy Scott
But Souwanas, remembering his promise, adroitly shunted off the youngsters and resumed his story.Algonquin Indian Tales | Egerton R. Young
British Dictionary definitions for shunt
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
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