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Definition of Short circuit

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cause a fault in a connection in an electrical circuit
faulty connection in an electrical circuit; cause a fault in a connection
having a difference in electrical resistance, having excess electrical current (Electricity)
Short circuit Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

A circuit formed or closed by a conductor of relatively low resistance because shorter or of relatively great conductivity.
  
(v. t.)
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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short circuit
\short" cir"cuit\ (?). (elec.) a circuit formed or closed by a conductor of relatively low resistance because shorter or of relatively great conductivity.
short circuit
n : accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference [syn: short]



WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
(synonym) short
(hypernym) contact, tangency
(part-holonym) circuit, electrical circuit, electric circuit

Verb
1. hamper the progress of; impede; "short-circuit warm feelings"
(hypernym) thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk
2. create a short-circuit in
(synonym) short
(hypernym) make, create
3. avoid something unpleasant or laborious; "You cannot bypass these rules!"
(synonym) bypass, go around, get around
(hypernym) avoid
Short circuit Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
EIA Energy Glossary
An electric current taking a shorter or different path than intended.
Source: Energy Information Administration, 2006
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
An electrical problem in which the "hot" or positive wire touches ground. It takes a "short" path to ground instead of going through the prescribed component . Usually a short circuit (also called a short) will burn out a fuse or a component .
Technical English by wpv
A direct connection of low resistive value that can significant alter the behavior of an element or system.
Short circuit Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Short Circuit is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by John Badham, and written by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. The film's plot centers upon an experimental military robot which is struck by lightning and gains a more humanlike intelligence, wherewith it embarks to explore its new state. Short Circuit stars Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, and G. W. Bailey, with Tim Blaney as the voice of Johnny Five.

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A short circuit (sometimes abbreviated to short or s/c) is an electrical circuit that allows a current to travel along an unintended path, often where essentially no (or a very low) electrical impedance is encountered. The electrical opposite of a short circuit is an "open circuit", which is an infinite resistance between two nodes. It is common to misuse "short circuit" to describe any electrical malfunction, regardless of the actual problem.

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Short circuit Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
The DJ Glossary
An unwanted or accidental connection made between two points in a circuit.
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