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The definition of an open circuit is a broken path for an electrical current due to an open switch or frayed wire.
An example of an open circuit is a string of electric lights that don’t work if one bulb goes out.
an electrical circuit that does not conduct current because a switch is open, a wire is broken, etc.
An electric circuit in which the normal path of current has been interrupted, either by the disconnection of one part of its conducting pathway from another, or by the intervention of an electric component, such as a transistor.
Compare closed circuit
(plural open circuits)
- an incomplete electrical circuit through which no current can flow
- Turning the switch to "off" makes it an open circuit.
open circuit - Computer Definition
- A signal path, line, or channel that is available for use.
- In electrical engineering, an electrical loop or path that contains infinite impedance.An open may indicate a fault, as in a severed cable, or may be intentional, as in a switch. See also impedance.