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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. an event in which one thing is substituted for another; " the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"
  5. the act of changing one thing or position for another; " his switch on abortion cost him the election"
  6. exchange or give ( something) in exchange for
  7. a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other
  8. a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
  9. railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock
  10. hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
  11. change over, change around, or switch over
  12. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; " switch to a different brand of beer"; " She switched psychiatrists"; " The car changed lanes"
  13. cause to go on or t be engaged; set in operation; " switch on the light"; " throw the lever"
  14. ( baseball) able to bat either right- handed or left- handed; " a switch hitter"
  15. reverse ( a direction, attitude, or course of action)
  16. flog with or as if with a flexible rod
  17. cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; " switch on the light"; " throw the lever"
  18. A device for shifting an electric current to another circuit, or for making and breaking a circuit.
  19. A small, flexible twig or rod.
  20. A movable part of a rail; or of opposite rails, for transferring cars from one track to another.
  21. A separate mass or trees of hair, or of some substance ( at jute) made to resemble hair, worn on the head by women.
  22. A mechanical device for shifting an electric current to another circuit.
  23. To strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip.
  24. To swing or whisk; as, to switch a cane.
  25. To trim, as, a hedge.
  26. 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.
  27. To shift to another circuit.
  28. To walk with a jerk.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. To strike with a switch: to transfer a carriage from one line of rails to another by a switch.
  33. A flexible twig; movable rail on a railroad; siding.
  34. To strike with a switch; move on to a switch.
  35. To whip or lash with a switch; make a lashing motion.
  36. To shift from one track to another, as a car.
  37. A small flexible rod; light whip.
  38. A tress of hair.
  39. A mechanism for shifting a railway train, an electric current, etc.
  40. The act of switching.
  41. A small flexible twig, or rod; a movable rail for transferring a railway train or car from one line to another.
  42. To strike with a switch; to transfer by a switch; to shunt.
  43. 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.
  44. To strike with a flexible rod or twig.
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Antonyms for switch

surrender, fall, defend, shut off, justify, deactivate, uphold, go down, go under, fail, turn off, maintain.

Quotes of switch

  1. The creative process is not controlled by a switch you can simply turn on or off; it's with you all the time. – Alvin Ailey
  2. I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark. – Muhammad Ali
  3. Nowadays people seem to switch schools, either because they have to, and certain schools only serve certain grades, or because they move to a different place or have some particular interest, but I was in the same school for 13 years. – Steve Case
  4. You know, sitting in the car when they got back in and- first of all, it was relief. I was not- there were two get away cars or switch cars they were called. And, you know, the group tended to include everyone. – Patty Hearst
  5. Anytime I switch to another instrument, I immediately turn it into another kind of drum so that I can understand it better. – Levon Helm
  6. Having a lot of people suddenly depending on me to get the job done was a marvelous motivator. The book and movie deals seemed to flip a switch in my head, and off I went. – Laura Hillenbrand
  7. Ten years ago, 15 years ago, I think the church would have been asleep at the switch This level of activism and engagement with the needs of society by local churches I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime. – Bill Hybels
  8. I was interested in Java the beginning, but the problem with Java is you do have to switch your platform. – Miguel de Icaza
  9. People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they're all asleep at the switch Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error. – Florence King
  10. I stepped back from being out front to playing bass. So we started switching: I'd play bass on one song, we'd switch on the next song; I'd play piano... we'd play mandolin. – Bob Livingston
  11. When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat? – Chuck Palahniuk
  12. Challenging snow is one of my favorite kinds of skiing, and I like being able to switch techniques at liberty. – Paul Parker

Usage examples for switch

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Zita's hand went out again and grasped the handle of the switch – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  7. 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
  8. His face grew serious as he listened to me, and I saw him watching a switch engine through the window. – I Walked in Arden by Jack Crawford
  9. Now, switch back to universal and listen in." – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  10. Which switch is it? – Brown John's Body by Winston Marks
  11. Admiral Hawarden set a small box on the desk and turned on a switch – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  12. It had just passed a switch – Ralph of the Roundhouse by Allen Chapman
  13. He got off the highway and turned the switch – Operation Terror by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  14. As they were making their way through scrub some distance ahead, one of them stopped and called to the other, when they each cut a long thin switch and ran towards an object which we just then saw moving in the grass. – Adventures in Australia by W.H.G. Kingston
  15. I give him a switch but I don't get on the better for that. – The Bible in Spain by George Borrow
  16. 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
  17. I jumped down once more, turned the key of the switch and slipped it into my pocket. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  18. 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
  19. Then she began to use the switch on their bare legs. – The Cave Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins
  20. A man stepped to the switch – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey

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