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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A low-resistance connection established by accident or intention between two points in an electric circuit. The current tends to flow through the area of low resistance, bypassing the rest of the circuit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A usually unintentional connection of low resistance or impedance in a circuit such that excessive and often damaging current flows in it.
  • v. to cause a short circuit in
  • v. to force termination of an ongoing process before its natural conclusion by bypassing one or more intermediary steps
  • v. to terminate a loop before the declared termination condition is met or a conditional before all conditions have been tested for

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A circuit formed or closed by a conductor of relatively low resistance because shorter or of relatively great conductivity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference

Etymologies

short + circuit (Wiktionary)

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