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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Noun shunt has 3 senses

Verb shunt has 2 senses


shuntv. t. [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.].
  •  To shun; to move from.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cause to move suddenly; to give a sudden start to; to shove.  Ash.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "For shunting your late partner on to me."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To provide with a shunt; as, to shunt a galvanometer.  [1913 Webster]
shuntv. i. 
     To go aside; to turn off.  [1913 Webster]
shuntn. [Cf. D. schuinte slant, slope, declivity. See Shunt, v. t.].
  •  A turning off to a side or short track, that the principal track may be left free.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
Shunt dynamo (Elec.), a dynamo in which the field circuit is connected with the main circuit so as to form a shunt to the letter, thus employing a portion of the current from the armature to maintain the field. -- Shunt gun, a firearm having shunt rifling. See under Rifling.


shunt, v. & n.
1 intr. & tr. diverge or cause (a train) to be diverted esp. on to a siding.
2 tr. Electr. provide (a current) with a shunt.
3 tr. a postpone or evade. b divert (a decision etc.) on to another person etc.
1 the act or an instance of shunting on to a siding.
2 Electr. a conductor joining two points of a circuit, through which more or less of a current may be diverted.
3 Surgery an alternative path for the circulation of the blood.
4 sl. a motor accident, esp. a collision of vehicles travelling one close behind another.

shunter n.
ME, perh. f. SHUN



advance, avert, bear off, bowl, bunt, butt, carry away, carry off, cart away, change, deflect, delocalize, dislodge, displace, divert, draw aside, drive, ease off, edge off, fly off, forward, gee, glance, glance off, go off, haw, head off, impel, jib, lay aside, make way for, manhandle, move, move aside, pedal, pole, propel, push, push aside, put aside, relocate, remove, roll, row, send, set aside, sheer off, shift, shove, shove aside, shuttle, shy, shy off, side, sidestep, sidetrack, sidle, steer clear of, step aside, sweep, sweep along, switch, take away, thrust, transfer, treadle, troll, trundle, turn aside, turn away, turn back, veer off




VB transfer, transmit, transport, transplace, transplant, translocate, convey, carry, bear, fetch and carry, carry over, ferry over, hand pass, forward, shift, conduct, convoy, bring, fetch, reach, tote, port, import, export, send, delegate, consign, relegate, turn over to, deliver, ship, embark, waft, shunt, transpose, displace, throw, drag, mail, post, shovel, ladle, decant, draft off, transfuse, infuse, siphon.


VB alter one's course, deviate, depart from, turn, trend, bend, curve, swerve, heel, bear off, gybe, wear, intervert, deflect, divert, divert from its course, put on a new scent, shift, shunt, draw aside, crook, warp, stray, straggle, sidle, diverge, tralineate, digress, wander, wind, twist, meander, veer, tack, divagate, sidetrack, turn aside, turn a corner, turn away from, wheel, steer clear of, ramble, rove, drift, go astray, go adrift, yaw, dodge, step aside, ease off, make way for, shy, fly off at a tangent, glance off, wheel about, face about, turn to the right about, face to the right about, waddle, go out of one's way, lose one's way.


VB recede, go, move back, move from, retire, withdraw, shrink, back off, come away, move away, back away, go away, get away, drift away, depart, retreat, move off, stand off, sheer off, fall back, stand aside, run away, remove, shunt, distance.

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