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shunt



Pronunciation: (shunt), [key]
v.t.
1. to shove or turn (someone or something) aside or out of the way.
2. to sidetrack; get rid of.
3. Elect.
a. to divert (a part of a current) by connecting a circuit element in parallel with another.
b. to place or furnish with a shunt.
4. Railroads.to shift (rolling stock) from one track to another; switch.
5. Surg.
a. to divert blood or other fluid by means of a shunt.
b. the tube itself.
6. to move or turn aside or out of the way.
7. (of a locomotive with rolling stock) to move from track to track or from point to point, as in a railroad yard; switch.

n.
1. the act of shunting; shift.
2. Also called bypass. Elect.a conducting element bridged across a circuit or a portion of a circuit, establishing a current path auxiliary to the main circuit, as a resistor placed across the terminals of an ammeter for increasing the range of the device.
3. a railroad switch.
4. Surg.a channel through which blood or other bodily fluid is diverted from its normal path by surgical reconstruction or by a synthetic tube.
5. Anat.an anastomosis.

adj.
Elect.being, having, or operating by means of a shunt: a shunt circuit; a shunt generator.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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