limit switch

noun

Definition of limit switch

: a switch that operates as an automatic control to prevent a mechanism or process from going beyond a prescribed limit

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First Known Use of limit switch

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of limit switch was in 1886

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“Limit switch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limit%20switch. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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