I. verb Etymology: Middle English, to move suddenly, turn away, evade, perhaps from past participle of shonen Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to turn off to one side ; shift <
was shunted aside
b. to switch (as a train) from one track to another 2. to provide with or divert by means of an electrical shunt 3. to divert (blood) from one part to another by a surgical shunt 4. shuttle <
shunted the missiles from shelter to shelter
intransitive verb 1. to move to the side 2. to travel back and forth <
shunted between the two towns
shunter noun II. noun Date: 1842 1. a means or mechanism for turning or thrusting aside: as a. chiefly British a railroad switch b. a conductor joining two points in an electrical circuit so as to form a parallel or alternative path through which a portion of the current may pass (as for regulating the amount passing in the main circuit) c. a surgical passage created to divert a bodily fluid (as blood) from one vessel or part to another; also a device (as a narrow tube) used to establish a similar passage 2. chiefly British an accident (as a collision between two cars) especially in auto racing

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(from one set of rails to another)

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  • Shunt — 〈[ ʃʌ̣nt] m. 6〉 = Nebenwiderstand [<engl. shunt „Nebengleis, elektr. Nebenschluss“] * * * Shunt   [ʃʌnt; englisch, eigentlich »(Zusammen)stoß«] der, s/ s,    1) elektrische Messtechnik: Nebenschluss.    2) …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Shunt — Shunt, n. [Cf. D. schuinte slant, slope, declivity. See {Shunt}, v. t.] 1. (Railroad) A turning off to a side or short track, that the principal track may be left free. [1913 Webster] 2. (Elec.) A conducting circuit joining two points in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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