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Dictionary Definition



1 a passage by which a bodily fluid (especially blood) is diverted from one channel to another; "an arteriovenus shunt"
2 a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current [syn: electrical shunt, bypass]
3 implant consisting of a tube made of plastic or rubber; for draining fluids within the body


1 transfer to another track, of trains
2 provide with or divert by means of an electrical shunt

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To turn away or aside
  2. To move a train from one track to another, or to move carriages etc from one train to another
  3. To divert electric current by providing an alternative path
  4. To divert the flow of a body fluid using surgery
  5. To have a minor collision, especially in a motor car


to turn away or aside
to move a train or carriages
to divert electric current
to divert the flow of a body fluid
to have a minor collision


  1. A switch on a railway
  2. A connection used as an alternative path between parts of an electric circuit
  3. A passage between body channels constructed surgically as a bypass
  4. A minor collision

Extensive Definition

Shunt may refer to:
  • Shunt (medical), a hole or passage allowing fluid to move from one part of the body to another
  • Shunt (electrical), a device allowing electrical current to pass around a point in a circuit
  • Shunt (railway operations), the process of sorting items of rolling stock into train sets or consists, also called "switching"
  • A robot used in the TV show Robot Wars
shunt in German: Shunt
shunt in Spanish: Shunt
shunt in Italian: Shunt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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