Etymology
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shunt (v.)

early 13c., "to shy, start," perhaps from shunen "to shun" (see shun), and altered by influence of shot or shut. Meaning "to turn aside" is from late 14c.; that of "move out of the way" is from 1706. Adopted by railways from 1842. Related: Shunted; shunting.

shunt (n.)

1838, in railway use, from shunt (v.). By technicians in the sense of "electrical conductor" from 1863. Medical use dates from 1923.

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Definitions of shunt
1
shunt (n.)
a passage by which a bodily fluid (especially blood) is diverted from one channel to another;
an arteriovenus shunt
shunt (n.)
a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current;
Synonyms: electrical shunt / bypass
shunt (n.)
implant consisting of a tube made of plastic or rubber; for draining fluids within the body;
2
shunt (v.)
transfer to another track, of trains;
shunt (v.)
provide with or divert by means of an electrical shunt;
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