Definitions for: Switch


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Switch, n. (Elec.)
A device for shifting an electric current to another circuit,
or for making and breaking a circuit.


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.



Switch grass. (Bot.) See under Grass.


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.


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

Synonyms: alternate, change over, electric switch, electrical switch, exchange, flip, flip, flip-flop, interchange, permutation, replacement, shift, shift, substitution, swap, switch over, switching, swop, tack, throw, trade, transposition

See Also: alter, back, basketball play, birch, birch rod, break, button, cane, change, change, change, change by reversal, channel-surf, commutator, control, controller, cut, cut, cutout, diphthongise, diphthongize, engage, exchange, false hair, ferule, flog, fluctuation, hairpiece, ignition switch, instrument of punishment, interchange, jump, lash, lather, leap, lock, mesh, on-off switch, operate, postiche, push, push button, railroad, railroad track, railway, ratan, rattan, reverse, selector, selector switch, slash, strap, surf, switch off, switch on, switcheroo, three-point switch, three-way switch, time-switch, toggle, toggle switch, trounce, turn, turn off, turn on, turn out, variation, veer, welt, whip

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