switch engine


: a railroad engine used in switching cars

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As the gull hurtled toward the ground a hot spark from a switch engine settled on McPhidias’ neck. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2020 Crytek, meanwhile, argues that, despite public statements, Cloud Imperium actually hasn't switched engines at all and still needs to provide fair credit to Crytek's engine in its games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2020 It's already switched engine manufacturers from Honda to Chevy and is pivoting toward a fresh start with young, flashy drivers in favor of Hinchcliffe, who might have provided a year of stability and perspective. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, 29 Oct. 2019 When Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports added McLaren, the team switched engine manufacturers to Chevy. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, 29 Oct. 2019 Cole saw the threatened crash and signaled the engineers of the straining switch engines full speed ahead. sandiegouniontribune.com, 19 Mar. 2018 There will also be a real locomotive, a diminutive switch engine capable of operation that will not run during the exhibit but will sit out front heralding Train Science. James Ewinger, cleveland.com, 20 Oct. 2017 The two-time world champion has yet to commit to McLaren for the 2018 season although since the British team switched engine suppliers from Honda to Renault, it is widely expected that Alonso will continue with the team. Amanda Davies, CNN, 17 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of switch engine was in 1867

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“Switch engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switch%20engine. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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