switch·​yard | \ ˈswich-ˌyärd How to pronounce switchyard (audio) \

Definition of switchyard

: a usually enclosed area for the switching facilities of a power station

Examples of switchyard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway parked more than 100 locomotives outside town four years ago, and this June finally closed its big Donkey Creek switchyard there. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Power pivot: What happens in states where wind dethrones King Coal?," 21 Aug. 2020 The blocks surrounding Innovation Depot downtown were once a railroad switchyard, one of the major industries Birmingham was built upon. al, "Birmingham April News Briefs: How to support local businesses during COVID-19 and more," 2 Apr. 2020 The tribe also is keeping water pumps from Lake Powell, a power-line switchyard and the railroad tracks leading to the mine. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona coal communities could get federal aid for closure of Navajo mine, power plant," 12 Sep. 2019 That year, Miguel Avena was in a five-person team conducting maintenance at a switchyard that serves the Saguaro natural-gas power plant north of Tucson when he was killed. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Electrician Rick Castillo identified as APS worker killed in downtown Phoenix fire," 1 July 2019 The northern half is another story: an industrial expanse that includes Con Edison switchyards, a gypsum manufacturing facility and Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center, with its domed nuclear reactors set on 240 riverfront acres. Susan Hodara, New York Times, "Buchanan, N.Y.: A Waterfront Village Braces for Big Changes," 27 June 2018 The crash happened near a switchyard south of Columbia where railcars hauling automobiles are loaded and unloaded. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Screams and crying among passengers after Amtrak train crash," 4 Feb. 2018 Taylor was instrumental in building the beam switchyard, which allowed multiple experiments to run at the same time, as well as its giant spectrometer. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Richard Taylor, Stanford physicist who won Nobel Prize for discovering quarks, dies at 88," 29 Mar. 2018 The crash happened near a switchyard about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Columbia where railcars hauling automobiles are loaded and unloaded. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Amtrak crash in South Carolina leaves 2 dead, over 100 hurt," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of switchyard

1943, in the meaning defined above

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3 Sep 2020

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“Switchyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchyard. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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