Short Circuits

By: Dusty Arlia
Published on January 30, 2012
Last Updated on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 1:13 PM
Total Updates: 5

A short circuit, sometimes called a "short", is an electrical circuit that has its current travel along an unintended path, where little to no electrical impedance is encountered. The electrical opposite of a short circuit is an "open circuit", which is an infinite resistance between two nodes. It is common to misuse the term short circuit to describe any electrical malfunction, regardless of the actual problem.