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switch

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noun \ˈswich\

Definition of switch

  1. 1 :  a slender flexible whip, rod, or twig <a riding switch>

  2. 2 :  an act of switching: such asa :  a blow with a switchb :  a shift from one to anotherc :  a change from the usual <that outfit is a switch>

  3. 3 :  a tuft of long hairs at the end of the tail of an animal (as a cow) — see cow illustration

  4. 4 :  a device made usually of two movable rails and necessary connections and designed to turn a locomotive or train from one track to another

  5. 5 :  a device for making, breaking, or changing the connections in an electrical circuit

  6. 6 :  a heavy strand of hair used in addition to a person's own hair for some coiffures

Examples of switch in a sentence

  1. She flicked a switch and turned the lamp on.

  2. He threw the switch to stop the machine.

Origin and Etymology of switch

perhaps from Middle Dutch swijch twig


First Known Use: 1592


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switch

verb

Definition of switch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike or beat with or as if with a switch

  3. 2 :  whisk, lash <a cat switching its tail>

  4. 3a (1) :  to turn from one railroad track to another :  shunt (2) :  to move (cars) to different positions on the same track within terminal areasb :  to make a shift in or exchange of <switch seats>

  5. 4a :  to shift to another electrical circuit by means of a switchb (1) :  to operate an electrical switch so as to turn (as a device) on or off —usually used with on or off (2) :  to change to or from an active state —usually used with on or off <switched on the gene>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to lash from side to side

  8. 2 :  to make a shift or exchange

switchable

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switcher

noun

Examples of switch in a sentence

  1. I switched to a new doctor.

  2. He kept switching back and forth between topics.

  3. She switched back to her original insurance company.

  4. We switched over to a different telephone service.

  5. Why did you switch jobs?

Circa 1611

First Known Use of switch

circa 1611



SWITCH Defined for English Language Learners

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switch

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noun \ˈswich\

Definition of switch for English Language Learners

  • : a small device that starts or stops the flow of electricity to something (such as a lamp or a machine) when it is pressed or moved up and down

  • : a sudden change from one thing to another

  • : a device for moving the rails of a track so that a train may be turned from one track to another


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switch

verb

Definition of switch for English Language Learners

  • : to make a change from one thing to another : to start doing or using something that is different

  • : to make a change from one thing to another by turning or pushing a button or moving a switch, lever, etc.

  • : to change or replace (something) with another thing


SWITCH Defined for Kids

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switch

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noun \ˈswich\

Definition of switch for Students

  1. 1 :  a device for making, breaking, or changing the connections in an electrical circuit

  2. 2 :  a change from one thing to another <a switch in plans>

  3. 3 :  a narrow flexible whip, rod, or twig

  4. 4 :  an act of switching

  5. 5 :  a device for adjusting the rails of a track so that a train or streetcar may be turned from one track to another


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switch

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verb

Definition of switch for Students

switched

switching

  1. 1 :  to turn, shift, or change by operating a device that makes, breaks, or changes the connections in an electrical circuit <Remember to switch off the light.>

  2. 2 :  to move quickly from side to side <The cow was switching its tail.>

  3. 3 :  to make a shift or change <He switched to a new barber.>

  4. 4 :  to strike with or as if with a whip, rod, or twig



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