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Definition of shunt:

  1. 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.
  2. A turning off to a side or short track, that the principal track may be left free.
  3. 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.
  4. To cause to move suddenly; to give a sudden start to; to shove.
  5. To go aside; to turn off.
  6. To provide with a shunt; as, to shunt a galvanometer.
  7. To shun; to move from.
  8. 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.

Synonyms:

ring road, bypass, electrical shunt, ringway, beltway.

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