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Noun

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Singular
short circuit

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  1. An unintentional connection of low resistance or impedance in a circuit such that excessive and often damaging current flows in it.

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Verb

Infinitive
to short circuit

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to short circuit (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) to cause a short circuit in
  2. (transitive) (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to force termination of an ongoing process before its natural conclusion by bypassing one or more intermediary steps
    • 1998: Catherine Nickerson, The Web of Iniquity
      [H]is temporarily successful attempt to smear Redfield is an effort to short-circuit the narrative into premature and mistaken resolution.
    • 2002: Jim Kasper, Short Cycle Selling: Beating Your Competitors in the Sales Race,
      You do not need to follow your entire sales cycle if the customer wants to short-circuit it for you.
    • 2003: Gina Hens-Piazza, Nameless, Blameless, and Without Shame: Two Cannibal Mothers Before a King
      My mother, determined to short-circuit my outcry, would match my objections by pointing out an inherent reward for doing such work.
  3. (transitive) (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to terminate a loop before the declared termination condition is met or a conditional before all conditions have been tested for
    • 2002: Paul Kimmel, Visual Basic.Net Unleashed
      For example, to short-circuit the LoggedIn() or LogIn() if conditional, replace the Or with OrElse and the statement is interpreted to mean if not logged in, then log in.
    • 2002: Jose Mojico, C# and VB.NET Conversion Pocket Reference
      If you would like to short-circuit, you must replace And with the AndAlso keyword and Or with the OrElse keyword, as follows....
    • 2006: Jay Hillard & Stephen Teilhet, C# Cookbook
      The Demand is done to ensure that you have indeed been granted this permission before using the Assert to short-circuit the stackwalk.

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  • Senses 2 and 3 usually use the hyphenated spelling short-circuit.

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