- An unintentional connection of low resistance or impedance in a circuit such that excessive and often damaging current flows in it.
- (transitive) to cause a short circuit in
- (transitive) (context, by extension) to force termination of an ongoing process before its natural conclusion by bypassing one or more intermediary steps
- 1998: Catherine Nickerson, The Web of Iniquity
- : His temporarily successful attempt to smear Redfield is an effort to short-circuit the narrative into premature and mistaken resolution.
- 2002: Jim Kasper, Short Cycle Selling: Beating Your Competitors in the Sales Race,
- : You do not need to follow your entire sales cycle if the customer wants to short-circuit it for you.
- 2003: Gina Hens-Piazza, Nameless, Blameless, and Without Shame: Two Cannibal Mothers Before a King
- : My mother, determined to short-circuit my outcry, would match my objections by pointing out an inherent reward for doing such work.
- (transitive) (context, computing) to terminate a loop before the declared termination condition is met or a conditional before all conditions have been tested for
- 2002: Paul Kimmel, Visual Basic.Net Unleashed
- : For example, to short-circuit the LoggedIn?() or LogIn?() if conditional, replace the Or with OrElse? and the statement is interpreted to mean if not logged in, then log in.
- 2002: Jose Mojico, C
- and VB.NET Conversion Pocket Reference
- : If you would like to short-circuit, you must replace And with the AndAlso? keyword and Or with the OrElse? keyword, as follows....
- 2006: Jay Hillard & Stephen Teilhet, C
- : The Demand is done to ensure that you have indeed been granted this permission before using the Assert'' to short-circuit the stackwalk.
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