Definition of short circuit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


short circuit

BrE BrE//ˌʃɔːt ˈsɜːkɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃɔːrt ˈsɜːrkɪt//
(informal short)
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a failure in an electrical circuit, when electricity travels along the wrong route because of damaged wires or a fault in the connections between the wires The fire was caused by a short circuit.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: short circuit

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