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switchback

noun switch·back \ ˈswich-ˌbak \
Updated on: 28 Mar 2018

Definition of switchback

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

switchback

adjective

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First Known Use of switchback

1863

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switchback

verb

Definition of switchback

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

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First Known Use of switchback

1903

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Definition of switchback for English Language Learners

  • : a road, trail, or section of railroad tracks that has many sharp turns for climbing a steep hill


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