switchyard

noun

switch·​yard ˈswich-ˌyärd How to pronounce switchyard (audio)
: a usually enclosed area for the switching facilities of a power station

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Morro Bay power station would house around 180,000 battery modules that would hold energy produced elsewhere and release it to the power grid via an existing PG&E switchyard adjacent to the site. Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2022 The energy park will also include a 70-megawatt storage facility powered by lithium-ion batteries, an on-site substation and a switchyard. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 The only other structures will be a seawall 28 feet high, as measured at average low tide at San Onofre Beach; a walkway connecting two beaches north and south of the plant, and a switchyard with power lines. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2021 There is a new switchyard and waste water treatment plant. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Nov. 2021 The site will also include a 70-megawatt storage facility powered by lithium-ion batteries, an on-site substation and a switchyard. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021 The facility would include an on-site substation and a switchyard. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2021 The facility would include an on-site substation and a switchyard. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2021 The facility would include an on-site substation and a switchyard. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of switchyard was in 1943

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“Switchyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchyard. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

switchyard

noun

switch·​yard -ˌyärd How to pronounce switchyard (audio)
: a place where railroad cars are switched from one track to another and trains are made up
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