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Definitions of switch

  1. reverse, as of direction, attitude, or course of action
  2. make a shift in or exchange of; " First Joe led; then we switched"
  3. control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
  4. the act of changing one thing or position for another; " his switch on abortion cost him the election"
  5. exchange or give ( something) in exchange for
  6. a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other
  7. a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
  8. railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock
  9. hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
  10. change over, change around, or switch over
  11. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; " switch to a different brand of beer"; " She switched psychiatrists"; " The car changed lanes"
  12. ( baseball) able to bat either right- handed or left- handed; " a switch hitter"
  13. flog with or as if with a flexible rod
  14. cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; " switch on the light"; " throw the lever"
  15. A device for shifting an electric current to another circuit, or for making and breaking a circuit.
  16. A small, flexible twig or rod.
  17. A movable part of a rail; or of opposite rails, for transferring cars from one track to another.
  18. A separate mass or trees of hair, or of some substance ( at jute) made to resemble hair, worn on the head by women.
  19. A mechanical device for shifting an electric current to another circuit.
  20. To strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip.
  21. To swing or whisk; as, to switch a cane.
  22. To trim, as, a hedge.
  23. To turn from one railway track to another; to transfer by a switch; -- generally with off, from, etc.; as, to switch off a train; to switch a car from one track to another.
  24. To shift to another circuit.
  25. To walk with a jerk.
  26. A small, thin, flexible rod; a movable section of rail for shifting cars from one track to another; a device for making, breaking, or shifting electric circuits; a tress of false hair, used by women in hair dressing.
  27. To whip or lash with a thin, flexible rod; to swing or jerk; as, to switch cane; to shift to another track; shift to another circuit, as electric light.
  28. A small flexible twig: a movable rail and its appendages used for transferring a car or an entire railway train from one track to another.
  29. To strike with a switch: to transfer a carriage from one line of rails to another by a switch.
  30. A flexible twig; movable rail on a railroad; siding.
  31. To strike with a switch; move on to a switch.
  32. To whip or lash with a switch; make a lashing motion.
  33. To shift from one track to another, as a car.
  34. A small flexible rod; light whip.
  35. A tress of hair.
  36. A mechanism for shifting a railway train, an electric current, etc.
  37. The act of switching.
  38. A small flexible twig, or rod; a movable rail for transferring a railway train or car from one line to another.
  39. To strike with a switch; to transfer by a switch; to shunt.
  40. A thin flexible branch of a tree; a twig; on the permanent way of a railway, a movable part of a rail for the purpose of transferring a carriage from one line or track to another.
  41. To strike with a flexible rod or twig.
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Usage examples for switch

  1. A day or to after that he called me in the same way, and I went again, and he sent me for a switch. – My Life In The South by Jacob Stroyer
  2. Very cross was Harold as he twitched the bridle out of Ellen's hand, threw the strap of the letter- bag round his neck, and gave such a re- echoing switch to the poor pony, that Alfred heard it up- stairs, and started up to call out, 'For shame, Harold! – Friarswood Post-Office by Charlotte M. Yonge
  3. He got off the highway and turned the switch. – Operation Terror by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  4. Zita's hand went out again and grasped the handle of the switch. – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  5. I give him a switch, but I don't get on the better for that. – The Bible in Spain by George Borrow
  6. He only interrupted his study long enough to draw off the coffee into a little white cup and to switch off the current. – The Man Who Knew by Edgar Wallace
  7. It had just passed a switch. – Ralph of the Roundhouse by Allen Chapman
  8. In the darkness his hand sought and found the electric switch by the door, and pressing it the room was flooded with soft shaded light. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  9. Come, Julie, we must switch our thoughts up from Virginia, or we'll never get to work to- day. – Those Dale Girls by Frank Weston Carruth
  10. A man stepped to the switch. – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  11. I jumped down once more, turned the key of the switch, and slipped it into my pocket. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  12. Admiral Hawarden set a small box on the desk and turned on a switch. – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  13. He showed how anything that could be done to him would close the switch one way or the other. – Operation Terror by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  14. Now, switch back to universal and listen in." – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  15. Which switch is it? – Brown John's Body by Winston Marks
  16. Then she began to use the switch on their bare legs. – The Cave Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins
  17. They never put in a line of goods unless it strikes them as being better than the one that they are carrying, and when they have once established a line of goods that suits them, and when they have built a credit with a certain wholesale house, they do not like to fly around because the minute that they switch from one brand of goods that they are carrying to another, the old goods have become to them mere job lots, while if they continued to fill in upon a certain brand, the old stock would remain just as valuable as the new. – Tales of the Road by Charles N. Crewdson
  18. Each instrument is set in action by closing the switch on top, after closing the gravity anchor switch. – Giants on the Earth by Sterner St. Paul Meek
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