Definition of Switch

1. Noun. Control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit.


2. Verb. Change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence.
Exact synonyms: Exchange, Switch Over
Generic synonyms: Change By Reversal, Reverse, Turn
Derivative terms: Exchange

3. Noun. An event in which one thing is substituted for another. "The replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"
Exact synonyms: Permutation, Replacement, Substitution, Transposition
Generic synonyms: Fluctuation, Variation
Derivative terms: Replace, Substitute, Substitute

4. Verb. Exchange or give (something) in exchange for. "They switch the tourists their cars"
Exact synonyms: Swap, Swop, Trade
Generic synonyms: Change, Exchange, Interchange
Derivative terms: Swap, Switching, Swop, Trade

5. Noun. Hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure.
Generic synonyms: False Hair, Hairpiece, Postiche

6. Verb. Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another. ; "The car changed lanes"
Exact synonyms: Change, Shift
Related verbs: Change, Commute, Convert, Exchange, Change
Specialized synonyms: Transition, Shift, Break, Channel-surf, Surf, Jump, Leap, Diphthongise, Diphthongize, Cut, Break
Derivative terms: Shift

7. Noun. Railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock.
Generic synonyms: Railroad, Railroad Track, Railway

8. Verb. Make a shift in or exchange of. "First Joe led; then we switched"
Exact synonyms: Change Over, Shift
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Back, Veer
Derivative terms: Shift, Switching

9. Noun. A flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment.
Specialized synonyms: Birch, Birch Rod, Cane, Ferule, Ratan, Rattan
Generic synonyms: Instrument Of Punishment

10. Verb. Cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation. "Throw the lever"
Exact synonyms: Flip, Throw
Specialized synonyms: Switch On, Turn On, Cut, Switch Off, Turn Off, Turn Out
Generic synonyms: Engage, Lock, Mesh, Operate

11. Noun. A basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other.
Generic synonyms: Basketball Play

12. Verb. Flog with or as if with a flexible rod.
Generic synonyms: Flog, Lash, Lather, Slash, Strap, Trounce, Welt, Whip
Derivative terms: Switcher

13. Noun. The act of changing one thing or position for another. "His switch on abortion cost him the election"
Exact synonyms: Shift, Switching
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Switcheroo
Derivative terms: Shift

14. Verb. Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action).
Exact synonyms: Alternate, Flip, Flip-flop, Interchange, Tack
Generic synonyms: Change By Reversal, Reverse, Turn
Derivative terms: Flip-flop, Tack

Definition of Switch

1. n. A small, flexible twig or rod.

2. v. t. To strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip.

3. v. i. To walk with a jerk.

4. n. A device for shifting an electric current to another circuit, or for making and breaking a circuit.

Definition of Switch

1. Noun. A device to turn electric current on and off or direct its flow. ¹

2. Noun. A change. ¹

3. Noun. (context: rail transport US) A movable section of railroad track which allows the train to be directed down one of two destination tracks; point. ¹

4. Noun. A slender woody plant stem used as a whip. ¹

5. Noun. (computer science) A command line notation allowing specification of optional behavior. ¹

6. Noun. (computing programming) A programming construct that takes different actions depending on the value of an expression. ¹

7. Noun. (computing networking) A networking device connecting multiple wires, allowing them to communicate simultaneously, when possible. Compare to the less efficient hub device that solely duplicates network packets to each wire. ¹

8. Noun. (telecommunication) A system of specialized relays, computer hardware, or other equipment which allows the interconnection of a calling party's telephone line with any called party's line. ¹

9. Noun. (BDSM) One who is willing to take either a sadistic or a masochistic role. ¹

10. Noun. (archaic) A small, flexible twig or rod, especially one used as a whip. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To exchange. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To change (something) to the specified state using a switch. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To whip or hit with a switch. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) To change places, tasks, etc. ¹

15. Verb. (slang) (intransitive) To get angry suddenly; to quickly or unreasonably become enraged. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Switch

1. to beat with a flexible rod [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Switch

swishers
swishes
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swishier
swishiest
swishily
swishiness
swishing
swishingly
swishings
swishness
swishy
swisses
swissing
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switch-hit
switch-hits
switch-hitters
switch-ivy
switch cane
switch engine
switch hitter
switch hitters
switch hook
switch hooks
switch horn

Literary usage of Switch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"(2) Defendant was negligent, In that it had In the siding, right close to the main line switch, what Is called a "safety switch. ..."

2. Railroad Curves and Earthwork by Calvin Frank Allen (1920)
"-A form of switch formerly in common use is the "Stub- switch,'''' which is formed by two rails, one on each side of the track, called the switch Bails. ..."

3. Railroad Curves and Earthwork by Calvin Frank Allen (1894)
"Split switch. The stub switch fails to meet the requirements of modern railroad ... At the head block, the sliding end of the switch rail is not held firmly ..."

4. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1911)
"to the switch K. The winding C2 of switch 52 is then energized and when the motor current has dropped to the value determined by the adjustment of the ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The special parts of a turnout are the frog and the switch and the guard rails. The term "switch" is frequently applied to the part of a turnout from the ..."

6. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"(2) Defendant was negligent, In that it had In the siding, right close to the main line switch, what Is called a "safety switch. ..."

7. Railroad Curves and Earthwork by Calvin Frank Allen (1920)
"-A form of switch formerly in common use is the "Stub- switch,'''' which is formed by two rails, one on each side of the track, called the switch Bails. ..."

8. Railroad Curves and Earthwork by Calvin Frank Allen (1894)
"Split switch. The stub switch fails to meet the requirements of modern railroad ... At the head block, the sliding end of the switch rail is not held firmly ..."

9. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1911)
"to the switch K. The winding C2 of switch 52 is then energized and when the motor current has dropped to the value determined by the adjustment of the ..."

10. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The special parts of a turnout are the frog and the switch and the guard rails. The term "switch" is frequently applied to the part of a turnout from the ..."

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