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  1. An unintentional connection of low resistance or impedance in a circuit such that excessive and often damaging current flows in it.
  • Dutch: kortsluiting
  1. (transitive) to cause a short circuit in
  2. (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.
      1. (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
    • Cookbook
    • : 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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