Meaning of shunt

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.
    1. to divert (a part of a current) by connecting a circuit element in parallel with another.
    2. to place or furnish with a shunt.
  3. to shift (rolling stock) from one track to another; switch.
    1. to divert blood or other fluid by means of a shunt.
    2. the tube itself.
  4. to move or turn aside or out of the way.
  5. (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 calleda 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. a channel through which blood or other bodily fluid is diverted from its normal path by surgical reconstruction or by a synthetic tube.
  5. an anastomosis.
—adj.
  1. 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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