• WordNet 3.6
    • v short-circuit avoid something unpleasant or laborious "You cannot bypass these rules!"
    • v short-circuit create a short circuit in
    • v short-circuit hamper the progress of; impede "short-circuit warm feelings"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Short-circuit (Elec) To join, as the electrodes of a battery or dynamo or any two points of a circuit, by a conductor of low resistance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • short-circuit To complete an electric circuit by a conductor of low resistance; introduce a shunt of low resistance.
    • short-circuit In electricity, to establish a short circuit in.
    • short-circuit In surgery, to form a communication between two portions of intestine above and below an obstruction, so that the contents may pass along.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Short-circuit (electr.) a path of comparatively low resistance between two points of a circuit
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceort; Old High Ger. scurz; the Dut. and Sw. kort, Ger. kurz, are borrowed from L. curtus.


In literature:

You simply short-circuit my force and I am helpless without you.
"The Heart's Kingdom" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Making a short circuit he ran at last, still stooping as he ran.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
The shock of my encounter, short-circuited his robe; he materialized in the starlight.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
He was short-circuiting inside.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VI. (of X.)" by Various
Had it been dampened and short-circuited?
"Curlie Carson Listens In" by Roy J. Snell
Worry seems, as it were, to short-circuit nerve currents in the brain, which normally form a long circuit through the body.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Our plug was short circuiting, the coil was gone plumb crazy, and most of the Atlantic Ocean seemed to be in the carburetor.
"Roy Blakely, Pathfinder" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The wire had either been cut or it had fallen or been short circuited in some other way.
"Facing the German Foe" by Colonel James Fiske
Torchy Tackles a Short Circuit.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Convulsions stopped as short-circuits flared in both head and body.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen

In news:

It seemed like a minor enough matter, perhaps a short circuit.
Do infrastructure repairs short-circuit decisions on rebuilding.
Short-circuit , smoke prompts strip mall evacuation.
The Island Book telephone list hits a short circuit .
Software Malfunction and Short Circuit .
Short Circuit Stymies First Shift.
I was working the second shift at P&F Tool and Die, when I came across a production line that was halted due to a short circuit.
Short-circuiting the new third rail .
Terahertz-frequency integrated circuits (ICs) offer tremendous promise in terms of available bandwidth for short-range communications.
The fringe-festival circuit is littered with this type of prefab musical, long on promise and short on execution, a model of misdirected energy and effort.
A defect in wires that connect hearts to defibrillators caused at least 22 deaths, possibly as a result of a short circuit that is difficult to detect during routine monitoring, according to a study in the journal Heart Rhythm.
Total federal student loan debt (which is only part of the short-circuiting student loan system) shot up $42 billion to hit a "gargantuan" $956 billion.
The converters are usable in a temperature range of -30 to +70 C. The DCC90 converters are short circuit proof and overload- and open circuit protected.
Combustion of an iPhone during a flight was eventually linked to a damaged battery (caused by improper repair) leading to a short circuit.
You may be able to avoid sneezing by pressing your finger anywhere against your eyebrow as you tweeze, which, according to Dr Boxrud, can short-circuit the wiring of the trigeminal nerve.

In science:

But then P AQ is a short circuit for Σ , contradicting minimality.
Automorphisms and abstract commensurators of 2-dimensional Artin groups
When a specimen’s dielectric strength falls below the applied voltage stress, there will be flash-over, a short circuit, or other failure-causing damage to the insulation.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
Since a HBD for transistor M2 practically results in a short circuit between the gate and source/drain of the transistor, the drain of the driving transistor M1 will be effectively shorted to ground.
Circuit-Level Modeling for Concurrent Testing of Operational Defects due to Gate Oxide Breakdown
Analysis and Modeling of MOS Devices with Gate Oxide Short Failures. In Proc. of the Int’l Symp. on Circuits and Systems, pp. 2164–2167, 1991. J.
Circuit-Level Modeling for Concurrent Testing of Operational Defects due to Gate Oxide Breakdown
In practice, we attach a short, open length of coaxial cable in parallel to the circuit to serve as Cballast since each foot of the cable yields a few dozen pF.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation