General English


Cars & Driving

  • noun a crash, especially one caused by running into the back of the vehicle in front


  • An electrical device with a low resistance or impedance connected in parallel across another electrical device to divert current from the second device.


  • characteristic of, or pertaining to a shunt circuit or shunt connection. Also, such a circuit or connection.
  • A low impedance path which allows a current to flow around one or more circuits or components, as opposed to through it. This path may be intentionally or unintentionally created. Also, to create such a path. Also called bypass (1).
  • A conductor, component, or other object which creates a shunt (2).
  • A resistor which is connected in parallel, to extend the current range of an instrument. For example, such a shunt utilized to extend the range of an ammeter. In addition, such a resistor helps provide protection against current surges. Also called instrument shunt.
  • To turn or otherwise move to an alternate course or path.
  • A ferromagnetic bar or other object, especially that composed of soft iron, utilized to divert magnetic flux. Examples include magnetic shunts and magnet keepers.


  • noun the passing of fluid through a channel which is not the usual one
  • noun a channel which links two different blood vessels and carries blood from one to the other
  • verb to pass through a channel which is not the usual one