An example of a short circuit is a storm damaging a power line and cutting off electricity.
- a usually accidental low-resistance connection between two points in an electric circuit, resulting in either excessive current flow that often causes damage or in a new shorter circuit that draws current away from the original pathways and components
- popularly a disrupted electric circuit resulting from this
- Elec. to make a short circuit in
- to bypass (an obstruction, custom, etc.)
- to cause a sudden break in; impede; thwart
verbshort-cir·cuit·ed, short-cir·cuit·ing, short-cir·cuits
- To cause to have a short circuit.
- Informal To hamper the progress of; impede.
- To bypass.
(plural short circuits)
(third-person singular simple present short circuits, present participle short circuiting, simple past and past participle short circuited)
- Senses 2 and 3 usually use the hyphenated spelling short-circuit.
(third-person singular simple present short-circuits, present participle short-circuiting, simple past and past participle short-circuited)
- Alternative spelling of short circuit.