switchback

noun
switch·​back | \ ˈswich-ˌbak How to pronounce switchback (audio) \

Definition of switchback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a zigzag road, trail, or section of railroad tracks for climbing a steep hill

switchback

verb
switchbacked; switchbacking; switchbacks

Definition of switchback (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to follow a zigzag course especially for ascent or descent a trail that switchbacks

Other Words from switchback

Noun

switchback adjective

Examples of switchback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Less than a quarter mile away, up a switchback fire road, the Temescal Canyon Trail begins. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 It onto sweeping highway on- and off-ramps tenaciously at speed and is fun to toss around through quick switchback curves. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Completing his second switchback isn’t the only milestone for Barnes. Fox News, 30 Mar. 2022 This hugely original book requires intense concentration to follow its switchback plot turns, to navigate its confusing leaps in time, to untangle its page-long metaphors, but most of all to keep track of its enormous cast of characters. Francine Prose, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2022 Needing a near-flawless performance for a shot at a medal, FitzSimons tried a switchback 1800 — five spins in the air while flipping off-axis — but became disoriented in the air and barely avoided landing directly on his side. oregonlive, 6 Feb. 2022 Sadowski-Synnott, who previously won a bronze medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, dominated the final run with a switchback 900 and back-to-back 1080s. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 5 Feb. 2022 Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is awesome, as are the switchback trails in the mountains between Telluride and Ouray. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021 With the sun low over the Pacific, surfers schlepped their boards up and down the long switchback trail connecting the clifftop parking lot with the beach below. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, 13 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Montoya, who lives along a dirt switchback 15 miles from here in Newcomb, N.M., began focusing on contact tracing in April. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2020 Scientists have observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale, as well as switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field that seem to whip up the solar wind. Fox News, 11 July 2020 Scientists have observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale, as well as switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field that seem to whip up the solar wind. Fox News, 11 July 2020 Scientists have observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale, as well as switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field that seem to whip up the solar wind. Fox News, 11 July 2020 Scientists have observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale, as well as switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field that seem to whip up the solar wind. Fox News, 11 July 2020 Scientists have observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale, as well as switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field that seem to whip up the solar wind. Fox News, 11 July 2020 Scientists have observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale, as well as switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field that seem to whip up the solar wind. Fox News, 11 July 2020 Scientists have observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale, as well as switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field that seem to whip up the solar wind. Fox News, 11 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of switchback

Noun

1863, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1903, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

3 Jun 2022

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“Switchback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchback. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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