American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to have a short circuit.
- v. Informal To hamper the progress of; impede.
- v. To bypass.
- v. To become affected with a short circuit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To complete an electric circuit by a conductor of low resistance; introduce a shunt of low resistance.
- In electricity, to establish a short circuit in.
- In surgery, to form a communication between two portions of intestine above and below an obstruction, so that the contents may pass along.
- v. alternative spelling of short circuit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Elec.) To join, as the electrodes of a battery or dynamo or any two points of a circuit, by a conductor of low resistance.
- v. hamper the progress of; impede.
- v. create a short circuit in
- v. avoid something unpleasant or laborious
“Undo the habits in any way: mess with them; short-circuit, distract, immobilize their predictability; mobilize their strength; and utilize their potential for change.”
“The Justice Department, which is defending the law, opposed Mr. Cuccinelli's request, arguing in a written brief that there was no need to short-circuit the normal appeals process.”
“The mess also threatens to short-circuit Mr. Weiner's national profile.”
“But this powerful technique also works to short-circuit food cravings.”
“Oral insulin doesn't help control blood sugar but is recognized by the immune system and could short-circuit the chain of events that trigger Type 1 diabetes.”
“He seems to short-circuit—both happy that it worked and sad that our plan is still alive.”
“It looks like operator error caused a short-circuit on a heavily loaded line," said Michael Niggli, president of San Diego Gas & Electric.”
“This will help stabilize international exchange rates, resolve the ongoing cycles of global financial crises and investment bubbles, short-circuit the run-up in gas and food prices, and unlock the frozen credit system.”
“The Woonsocket, R.I., company's move highlights the friction over so-called "co-pay cards" from drug makers that can short-circuit incentives used by health plans to encourage less expensive medications.”
“Some economists fear that housing woes could short-circuit the nascent recovery in jobs.”
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