Definition of Short circuit
1. Noun. Accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference.
Group relationships: Circuit, Electric Circuit, Electrical Circuit
Generic synonyms: Contact, Tangency
Derivative terms: Short
Definition of Short circuit
1. Noun. An unintentional connection of low resistance or impedance in a circuit such that excessive and often damaging current flows in it. ¹
2. Verb. (transitive) to cause a short circuit in ¹
3. Verb. (transitive by extension) to force termination of an ongoing process before its natural conclusion by bypassing one or more intermediary steps ¹
4. Verb. (transitive computing) to terminate a loop before the declared termination condition is met or a conditional before all conditions have been tested for ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Short circuit
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1. Principles of Alternating Current Machinery by Ralph Restieaux Lawrence (1920)
"The short-circuit current of an alternator, after steady short-circuit conditions have been reached, is limited by the synchronous impedance of the armature ..."
2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"In this case any unit which is the victim of a short-circuit may receive the aggregate output of all, so that each main protective switch has practically to ..."
3. Theory and Calculation of Alternating Current Phenomena by Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1900)
"For t = 1, that is, all the voltage impressed upon the compensating or inducing circuit, and the armature circuit closed in short-circuit, that is, ..."
4. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1920)
"Tests showed that the two types of protection provided complete protection from a "dead" short circuit caused by short-circuiting the terminals of a machine ..."
5. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1920)
"Likewise a dead short circuit in the generator would cause the same trouble. Armature tests for ground, etc. are treated further on—see pages 402, 403, 406, ..."
6. Electrical Engineering: The Theory and Characteristics of Electrical by Clarence Victor Christie (1917)
"Short-circuit of Alternators.—If the impedance of the load circuit of an alternator, with normal excitation, is gradually reduced to zero, the short-circuit ..."
7. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1916)
"A SHORT CURCUIT' short circuit. Means that two wires are in metallic contact when they ought ... A short circuit may occur at any part in the wiring system, ..."
8. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1919)
"Likewise a dead short circuit In the generator would cause the same trouble. ... A short circuit in the circuit-breaker allows current to discharge battery ..."