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Definitions of switch

  1. reverse, as of direction, attitude, or course of action Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an event in which one thing is substituted for another; "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. exchange or give (something) in exchange for Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. change over, change around, or switch over Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. cause to go on or t be engaged; set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. (baseball) able to bat either right-handed or left-handed; "a switch hitter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. flog with or as if with a flexible rod Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. A device for shifting an electric current to another circuit, or for making and breaking a circuit. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A small, flexible twig or rod. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. A movable part of a rail; or of opposite rails, for transferring cars from one track to another. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. A separate mass or trees of hair, or of some substance (at jute) made to resemble hair, worn on the head by women. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. A mechanical device for shifting an electric current to another circuit. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. To strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. To swing or whisk; as, to switch a cane. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. To trim, as, a hedge. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  27. To shift to another circuit. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. To walk with a jerk. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. To strike with a switch: to transfer a carriage from one line of rails to another by a switch. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. A flexible twig; movable rail on a railroad; siding. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  34. To strike with a switch; move on to a switch. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  35. To whip or lash with a switch; make a lashing motion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. To shift from one track to another, as a car. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. A small flexible rod; light whip. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. A tress of hair. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. A mechanism for shifting a railway train, an electric current, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. The act of switching. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. A small flexible twig, or rod; a movable rail for transferring a railway train or car from one line to another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  42. To strike with a switch; to transfer by a switch; to shunt. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  44. To strike with a flexible rod or twig. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  45. 1. switch statement.2. command line option.3. packet switch, circuit switch. foldoc_fs
  46. 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. dictgcide_fs
  47. swich, n. a small flexible twig: a movable rail for transferring a carriage from one line of rails to another: a device to make or break a circuit, or transfer an electric current from one conductor to another.--v.t. to strike with a switch: to swing, whisk: to transfer a carriage from one line of rails to another by a switch: to shift from one circuit to another, or in or out of circuit, as an electric current, to shunt.--ns. SWITCH'BACK, a term applied to a zigzagging, alternate back-and-forward mode of progression up a slope; SWITCH'BACK-RAIL'WAY, an apparatus for public amusement, consisting of a short length of elevated railway with a series of rounded inclines, so that the car gains enough of momentum descending the first steep incline to ascend one or more smaller inclines till it gradually and more slowly works its way to the original level at the far end of the course; SWITCH'ING, a beating with a switch: trimming; SWITCH'MAN, a pointsman. [Old Dut. swick, a whip.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  48. Flexible shoot cut from tree, tapering rod resembling this; tress of dead hair tied at one end used in hairdressing; kinds of mechanism for making& breaking connexion between corresponding parts of a system by which railway trains are diverted from one line to another, electric circuits completed or interrupted, &c.; s.-back, zigzag railway for ascending or descending steep slopes, also railway (chiefly used for amusement at fairs &c.) in which train\'s ascents are effected solely by momentum acquired in previous descents; s.-bar, part of railway or electric s.; s.-board, arrangement for varying the connexion between a number of electric circuits; s.-lever, handle& lever operating a s.; s.-man, in charge of railway ss.; s.-signal, flag or lantern or semaphore board indicating position of railway s. (Vb) whip with s.; swing (thing) round quickly, snatch suddenly, whisk, (cow switches her tail; I switched my head round; he switched it out of my hand); transfer (train, current) with s.; turn (electric light, current) off or on; put (user of telephone) on to or cut (him) off from another (s. off intr., cut off connexion). [German] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  49. (Mech.) A movable rail of the same dimensions as an ordinary rail, but tapering off at one end ; by means of a pair of switches the direction of the motion of a train can be changed, and the train transferred from one pair of rails to another. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  50. n. A small flexible twig or rod:-a movable part of two opposite rails for transferring an engine or carriage from one line of rails to another. Cabinet Dictionary

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