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An electrical resistor or other element connected in parallel with some other circuit or device, to take part of the current passing through it. For example, a shunt is used across the terminals of a galvanometer to increase the current that can pass through the system. A shunt-wound electric generator or motor is one in which the field winding is in parallel with the armature circuit. In a series-wound electrical machine the field coils and the armature circuit are in series.

Subjects: Physics.

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