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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shuntnoun

    a passage by which a bodily fluid (especially blood) is diverted from one channel to another

    "an arteriovenus shunt"

  2. shunt, electrical shunt, bypassnoun

    a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current

  3. shuntverb

    implant consisting of a tube made of plastic or rubber; for draining fluids within the body

  4. shuntverb

    transfer to another track, of trains

  5. shuntverb

    provide with or divert by means of an electrical shunt


  1. shuntnoun

    A switch on a railway

  2. shuntnoun

    A connection used as an alternative path between parts of an electric circuit

  3. shuntnoun

    A passage between body channels constructed surgically as a bypass

  4. shuntnoun

    A minor collision

  5. shuntverb

    To turn away or aside

  6. shuntverb

    To move a train from one track to another, or to move carriages etc from one train to another

  7. shuntverb

    To divert electric current by providing an alternative path

  8. shuntverb

    To divert the flow of a body fluid using surgery

  9. shuntverb

    To move data in memory to a physical disk

  10. shuntverb

    To have a minor collision, especially in a motor car


  1. shunt

    A shunt is a device or procedure that allows the movement of a substance from one area to another, often used for fluid redirection in medical treatment. In electrical engineering, it is a low resistance pathway for electric current to flow around another point in the circuit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shuntverb

    to shun; to move from

  2. Shuntverb

    to cause to move suddenly; to give a sudden start to; to shove

  3. Shuntverb

    to turn off to one side; especially, to turn off, as a grain or a car upon a side track; to switch off; to shift

  4. Shuntverb

    to provide with a shunt; as, to shunt a galvanometer

  5. Shuntverb

    to go aside; to turn off

  6. Shuntverb

    a turning off to a side or short track, that the principal track may be left free

  7. Shuntverb

    a conducting circuit joining two points in a conductor, or the terminals of a galvanometer or dynamo, so as to form a parallel or derived circuit through which a portion of the current may pass, for the purpose of regulating the amount passing in the main circuit

  8. Shuntverb

    the shifting of the studs on a projectile from the deep to the shallow sides of the grooves in its discharge from a shunt gun

  9. Etymology: [Prov. E., to move from, to put off, fr. OE. shunten, schunten, schounten; cf. D. schuinte a slant, slope, Icel. skunda to hasten. Cf. Shun.]


  1. Shunt

    In electronics, a shunt is a device which allows electric current to pass around another point in the circuit by creating a low resistance path. The term is also widely used in photovoltaics to describe an unwanted short circuit between the front and back surface contacts of a solar cell, usually caused by wafer damage. The origin of the term is in the verb 'to shunt' meaning to turn away or follow a different path.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shunt

    shunt, v.t. to turn aside, to turn off upon a side-rail: to shove off, free one's self from.—v.i. to turn aside: to use a switch or shunt in railways and electrics.—n. a short side-rail for allowing the main-line to be kept free: (electr.) a conductor joining two points of a circuit, through which a part of the current is diverted.—ns. Shun′ter; Shun′ting. [A.S. scyndan, to hasten. Skeat derives from Ice. skunda, to speed.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Shunt

    In a current circuit a connection in parallel with a portion of the circuit. Thus in a dynamo a special winding for the field may have its ends connected to the bushes, from which the regular external circuit also starts. The field is then wound in shunt with the armature. In the case of a galvanometer a resistance coil may be put in parallel with it to prevent too much current going through the galvanometer; this connection is a shunt. The word is used as a noun, as "a shunt," or "a connection or apparatus in shunt with another," and as an adjective, as "a shunt connection," or as a verb, as "to shunt a battery."

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shunt

    A term recently introduced among engineers and gunners; but traceable back to the year 931, a "zunte-stone" being placed on a spot where the road deviated.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shunt in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shunt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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