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
“Sorry, Mrs. Strobe, just a short circuit in my tiny, and yet very complex, brain.”
The result is flash-frizzled snake and an industrial-strength short circuit that takes out the line.
By freakish mischance, a short circuit in his machine delivered 220 volts of 60-cycle current into the patient.
Apparently sometime while Armstrong had been using the OAMS to maneuver the Gemini-Agena combination, a short circuit stuck the thruster open.
On occasion, when she had rendered herself wobbly by too many shots of Bush-mill’s, she would shoot perfume directly into one of her hearing aids, causing a short circuit and making the act of ordering drinks a screaming ordeal.