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Switch definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SWITCH, n. A small flexible twig or rod.
On the medal, Mauritania leads a horse by a thread with one hand, and in the other holds a switch.
SWITCH, v.t. To strike with a small twig or rod; to beat; to lash.
SWITCH, v.i. To walk with a jerk.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit [syn: switch, electric switch, electrical switch]
2: an event in which one thing is substituted for another; "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood" [syn: substitution, permutation, transposition, replacement, switch]
3: hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
4: railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock
5: a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
6: a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other
7: the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election" [syn: switch, switching, shift] v
1: change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence [syn: switch over, switch, exchange]
2: exchange or give (something) in exchange for [syn: trade, swap, swop, switch]
3: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes" [syn: switch, shift, change]
4: make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched" [syn: switch, change over, shift]
5: cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever" [syn: throw, flip, switch]
6: flog with or as if with a flexible rod
7: reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) [syn: interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip- flop]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: perhaps from Middle Dutch swijch twig Date: 1592 1. a slender flexible whip, rod, or twig <a riding switch> 2. an act of switching: as a. a blow with a switch b. a shift from one to another c. a change from the usual <that outfit is a switch> 3. a tuft of long hairs at the end of the tail of an animal (as a cow) see cow illustration 4. a device made usually of two movable rails and necessary connections and designed to turn a locomotive or train from one track to another 5. a device for making, breaking, or changing the connections in an electrical circuit 6. a heavy strand of hair used in addition to a person's own hair for some coiffures II. verb Date: circa 1611 transitive verb 1. to strike or beat with or as if with a switch 2. whisk, lash <a cat switching its tail> 3. a. (1) to turn from one railroad track to another ; shunt (2) to move (cars) to different positions on the same track within terminal areas b. to make a shift in or exchange of <switch seats> 4. a. to shift to another electrical circuit by means of a switch b. (1) to operate an electrical switch so as to turn (as a device) on or off usually used with on or off (2) to change to or from an active state usually used with on or off <switched on the gene> intransitive verb 1. to lash from side to side 2. to make a shift or exchange switchable adjective switcher noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a device for making and breaking the connection in an electric circuit. 2 a a transfer, change-over, or deviation. b an exchange. 3 a slender flexible shoot cut from a tree. 4 a light tapering rod. 5 US a device at the junction of railway tracks for transferring a train from one track to another; = POINT n. 17. 6 a tress of false or detached hair tied at one end used in hairdressing. --v. 1 tr. (foll. by on, off) turn (an electrical device) on or off. 2 intr. change or transfer position, subject, etc. 3 tr. change or transfer. 4 tr. reverse the positions of; exchange (switched chairs). 5 tr. swing or snatch (a thing) suddenly (switched it out of my hand). 6 tr. beat or flick with a switch. Phrases and idioms: switch-blade a pocket knife with the blade released by a spring. switched-on colloq. 1 up to date; aware of what is going on. 2 excited; under the influence of drugs. switch off colloq. cease to pay attention. switch over change or exchange. switch-over n. a change or exchange. Derivatives: switcher n. Etymology: earlier swits, switz, prob. f. LG

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Switch Switch, n. (Elec.) A device for shifting an electric current to another circuit, or for making and breaking a circuit.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Switch Switch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Switched; p. pr. & vb. n. Switching.] 1. To strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip. --Chapman. 2. To swing or whisk; as, to switch a cane. 3. To trim, as, a hedge. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. 4. 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. 5. (Eccl.) To shift to another circuit.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Switch Switch, n. [Cf. OD. swick a scourage, a whip. Cf. Swink, Swing.] 1. A small, flexible twig or rod. Mauritania, on the fifth medal, leads a horse with something like a thread; in her other hand she holds a switch. --Addison. 2. (Railways) A movable part of a rail; or of opposite rails, for transferring cars from one track to another. 3. A separate mass or trees of hair, or of some substance (at jute) made to resemble hair, worn on the head by women. 4. (Elec.) A mechanical device for shifting an electric current to another circuit. Safety switch (Railways), a form of switch contrived to prevent or lessen the danger of derailment of trains. Switch back (Railways), an arrangement of tracks whereby elevations otherwise insurmountable are passed. The track ascends by a series of zigzags, the engine running alternately forward and back, until the summit is reached. Switch board (Elec.), a collection of switches in one piece of apparatus, so arranged that a number of circuits may be connected or combined in any desired manner.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Switch Switch, v. i. To walk with a jerk. [Prov. Eng.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(switches, switching, switched) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. A switch is a small control for an electrical device which you use to turn the device on or off. Leona put some detergent into the dishwasher, shut the door and pressed the switch. ...a light switch. N-COUNT 2. If you switch to something different, for example to a different system, task, or subject of conversation, you change to it from what you were doing or saying before. Estonia is switching to a market economy... The law would encourage companies to switch from coal to cleaner fuels... The encouragement of a friend spurred Chris into switching jobs. = change VERB: V to n, V from n to n, V pl-n Switch is also a noun. New technology made a switch to oil possible... The spokesman implicitly condemned the United States policy switch. N-COUNT: usu with supp Switch over means the same as switch. ...a professional man who started out in law but switched over to medicine. PHRASAL VERB: V P to n 3. If you switch your attention from one thing to another or if your attention switches, you stop paying attention to the first thing and start paying attention to the second. My mother's interest had switched to my health... As the era wore on, she switched her attention to films. VERB: V to n, V n to n 4. If you switch two things, you replace one with the other. In half an hour, they'd switched the tags on every cable... The ballot boxes have been switched. = swap VERB: V pl-n, V pl-n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Rod, twig, stick, birch. II. v. a. Beat, whip, lash, swinge, flog, birch, cane, dust one's jacket.

Moby Thesaurus

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