A circuit formed or closed by a conductor of relatively low resistance because shorter or of relatively great conductivity.
a circuit failure in which the current follows an alternative conducting path, usually parallel to the desired path, with lower resistance
include a wire or other component into a circuit which effectively nullifies a component of that circuit, or leaves the voltage across the component unchanged in its AC or DC signal.
The situation where two electrical conductors touch.
An improper connection that interrupts an electrical circuit.
An accidental and improper contact between current carrying wires, or between a current carrying wire and a grounding conductor. A short circuit may be caused by using too many appliances on one circuit.
A short circuit is when a track is cut across a loop, making a smaller loop inside the original loop. As the negative battery terminal of a vehicle is connected to the car body an electrical short circuit is when the electrical wiring insulation is rubbed through on a part of the body allowing the wire to touch the car body and the electricity travels in a shorter circuit. If this happens along the wire after it has left the device, the device will remain on, however if the wire grounds before the device the battery will connect straight to ground it may cause a fire, just like a toaster element glows, the wire will glow melting the plastic insulation along it's length and feed the fire. Generally an electrical fire will travel along the wiring until reaching back to the battery. The fire can also start other short circuits starting more fires, unless the battery can be disconnected quickly, those fires may well burn the entire vehicle.
The situation that occurs when there is an alternate path created between the positive and negative portions of a circuit, bypassing some or all of the components of the circuit and preventing operation.
An electrical fault that is created when two exposed conductors touch or when conductor insulation fails.
When current flows "short" of reaching a device. Caused by a hot conductor accidentally contacting a neutral or ground. A short circuit is an immediate fault to ground and should always cause the breaker to trip or the fuse to blow. (also see ground fault)
a conducting path, or part of a circuit, with negligible or relatively low resistance. The term is most commonly used to indicate an accidental path, which causes a much bigger current than the one you wanted. See also open circuit.
A SHORT CIRCUIT is an interruption in the flow of electricity.
An accidental or intentional near zero resistance connection between two sides of a circuit. It disrupts transmission and may cause an excessive current flow.
bad connection between wires; can be a number reasons
The accidental re-routing of electricity to earth that increases the flow of current and blows a fuse.
A circuit that does not function because charge is given a low-resistance "shortcut" path that it can follow, instead of the path that makes it do something useful.
accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
a closed circuit in which a direct connection is made, with no appreciable resistance, inductance, or capacitance, between the terminals of the source of electromotive force
a common cause of electrical fires
a failure between two circuit conductors
a fault in an electrical apparatuswhereby charge is allowed to flow between a phase and the electrical earth or between two phases
a fault in electrical apparatus whereby electrical current is allowed
a fault whereby electricity moves through a circuit in an unintended path, potentially causing overheating, fire or explosion
an accidental path of low resistance which passes an abnormally high amount of current
an electric circuit offering little or no resistance to the flow of electrons
a possibility, but it would be low on my list
a type of electrical circuit failure that can have several reasons for occurring
A circuit that allows current to bypass the intended resistive load, often causing damage to the circuit.
Unintended current-bypass in an electric device or wiring, generally very low in resistance and thus causing a large current to flow. In a battery, a cell short circuit may be permanent enough to discharge the cell and render the battery useless.
condition that results when wires cross and forms a circuit. A short circuit will blow fuses.
Generally an unintentional electrical contact between the current carrying outputs resulting in the passage of current through an undesirable path.
An abnormal connection (including an arc) of relatively low impedance between two points of different potentials.
An overcurrent which exceeds the normal full load current of a circuit by a factor many times (tens,hundreds,or thousands greater). The overcurrent also leaves the normal current carrying path of the circuit--it takes a "short cut" around the load and back to the source.
A circuit that does not have the correct measurable resistance; too much current flows and will overload the conductors.
An unintended low resistance connection across a low voltage source resulting in high current and possible damage.
place where conductor contacts a return path or ground. Can occur at the end of coaxial cables if inner and outer conductor are allowed to touch.
A direct connection, usually accidental, between the positive and negative portions or terminals of a circuit, bypassing some or all of the components of the circuit and preventing operation. Connecting both leads of a loudspeaker wire together presents the power amplifier with a short circuit, causing it deliver far more current than it was designed to. With luck it will sense the danger and protectively shut down. If not it will lapse into an expensive silence.
A high value of overcurrent resulting from a fault of negligible impedance between conductors with difference potential and under normal operating conditions. A short circuit current can be many hundreds or even thousands of times larger normal load current. The protective device has to operate in no more than a few milliseconds if the risk of damage and destruction is to be avoided.
An unwanted leak in the electrical system. Breakers or fuses act as safety devices to stop the flow should a short circuit occur.
A metallic connection between the positive and negative plates within a cell. The plates may be in actual contact or material may lodge and bridge across. If the separators are in good condition, a short circuit is unlikely to occur.
A failure in an electrical circuit, when electricity travels along the wrong route because of damaged wires or a fault in the connections between the wires.
A situation that occurs when hot and neutral wires come in contact with each other. Fuses and circuit breakers protect against fire that could result from a short.
A generally unwanted condition where maximum current flows freely through an external circuit that has no load or resistance, usually due to the catastrophic failure of a device or component.
A short circuit is generally an unintended electrical connection between current carrying parts.
1) Parts of a circuit connected together with only the impedance of the leads between them. 2) In wind generators, connecting the output leads directly together so as to heavily load a generator in high winds. This creates a "short" circuit path back to the generator, bypassing all other loads.
The condition that exists when a live wire touches any grounded or neutral bare wire or metal (such as a switch plate cover) somewhere along the circuit.
An abnormal connection of low resistance between normal circuit conductors where the resistance is normally much greater. This is an overcurrent situation but it is not an overload.
Most often an unintended electrical contact between the current carrying outputs resulting in passage of current in an unwanted path.
Accidental re-routing of electricity to earth, which increases the flow of current and consequently blows a fuse.
Typically, a "short" occurs when a current-carrying wire unintentionally contacts another conductive element â€“ another electric wire, a metal object, or even your body. This can create a dangerous situation, as the diverted flow of electricity naturally seeks to return to its source, or to the ground, by any accessible conductive route.
A defect in an electrical circuit that causes improper operation.
An electrical malfunction where current takes the path of least resistance to ground (usually through damaged insulation). Current flow is excessive from low resistance resulting in a blown fuse.
Erroneous low resistance connections between two or more networks or isolated points.
A short circuit usually causes a circuit breaker to blow. A short circuit is inevitable when the electric current does not reach the powered device.
An accidentally established connection between two points in an electric circuit, such as when a tree limb, or an animal bridges the gap between two conductors. This will cause heavy currents to flow in the line (overload) and result in melting of line fuses and operation of protective devices such as reclosers and circuit breakers.
Any break in an electric circuit that provides a shorter path to ground for the electricity. For example, if a hot wire in an electric lawn mower becomes loose and touches some metal part of the mower, the electricity will run through the lawn mower into the ground. This is a short circuit.
v. To prematurely terminate the evaluation of an expression when the outcome is determined. The short-circuiting operators in C are &&, ||, and ?:. In the case of && and ||, the second (right-hand) operand is not evaluated if the first one determines the outcome (is zero in the case of &&, or nonzero in the case of ||). In the case of ?:, only one of the second and third operands is evaluated, depending on the value of the first operand. See question 3.6.
An unwanted flow of current between two conductors causing the circuit breaker to trip.
Unwanted current flow of low impedance between conductors.
To connect two or more parts together electrically. See also open circuit.
An electric current taking a shorter or different path than intended.
Also called a short. Low resistance conection between two points in a circuit typically causing excessive current.
The condition that occurs when a circuit path is created between the positive and negative poles of a battery, power supply, or circuit. A short circuit will bypass any resistance in a circuit and cause it not to operate.
An unwanted electrical connection between a negative and positive source. Short circuits can damage the battery and equipment and can cause sparks or fire.
The accidental or intentional connection, by relatively low resistance or impedance, of two or more points in a circuit.
A condition that occurs when hot and neutral wires contact each other. Fuses and breakers protect against fire, which can result from a short. Home Improvement Encyclopedia
A fault or defect in a winding causing part of the normal electrical circuit to be bypassed, frequently resulting in overheating of the winding and burnout.
Malfunction of the electrical wiring that results in a portion of the current being diverted to a conductor that is not the usual part of the point on the circuit, such as when a wire has a break and touches a piece of metal, which then becomes a conductor.
A zero or abnormally low resistance between two points. Usally an inadvertent condition.
A shunt circuit abnormally applied.
An unintentional current path between two components in a circuit or between a component and ground; usually caused by a circuit malfunction.
A short circuit (sometimes abbreviated to short or s/c) allows a charge to flow along a different path from the one intended. The electrical opposite of a short circuit is an open circuit, which is infinite resistance between two nodes. It is common to misuse "short circuit" to describe any electrical malfunction, regardless of the actual problem.
Short Circuit was a 1986 comedy sci-fi film starring Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg and directed by John Badham. Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, and G. W. Bailey co-star, with Tim Blaney providing the voice of robot "Johnny 5".