Definition of shunt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shunt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ʃʌnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌnt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shunt
    BrE BrE//ʃʌnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌnt//
     
    he / she / it shunts
    BrE BrE//ʃʌnts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌnts//
     
    past simple shunted
    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌntɪd//
     
    past participle shunted
    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌntɪd//
     
    -ing form shunting
    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌntɪŋ//
     
    Railway tracks and stations
     
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  1. 1shunt something to move a train or a coach/car of a train from one track to another See related entries: Railway tracks and stations
  2. 2shunt somebody/something + adv./prep. (usually disapproving) to move somebody/something to a different place, especially a less important one John was shunted sideways to a job in sales.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘move suddenly aside’): perhaps from shun.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shunt

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