from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to have a short circuit.
- transitive v. Informal To hamper the progress of; impede.
- transitive v. To bypass.
- intransitive v. To become affected with a short circuit.
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- v. Alternative spelling of short circuit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To join, as the electrodes of a battery or dynamo or any two points of a circuit, by a conductor of low resistance.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hamper the progress of; impede
- v. create a short circuit in
- v. avoid something unpleasant or laborious
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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.