short-circuit ( short-circuits 3rd person present) ( short-circuiting present participle) ( short-circuited past tense & past participle )
1 verb If an electrical device short-circuits or if someone or something short-circuits it, a wrong connection or damaged wire causes electricity to travel along the wrong route and damage the device.
Carbon dust and oil build up in large motors and cause them to short-circuit... V
Once inside they short-circuited the electronic security. V n
Short-circuit is also a noun., n-count
The fire was started by an electrical short-circuit.
2 verb If someone or something short-circuits a process or system, they avoid long or difficult parts of it and use a quicker, more direct method to achieve their aim.
The approach was intended to short-circuit normal complaints procedures. V n
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