tog·​gle | \ˈtä-gəl \

Definition of toggle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece or device for holding or securing: such as

a : a pin inserted in a nautical knot to make it more secure or easier to slip

b : a crosspiece attached to the end of or to a loop in something (such as a chain, rope, line, strap, or belt) usually to prevent slipping, to serve in twisting or tightening, or to hold something attached

2 : a device consisting of two bars jointed together end to end but not in line so that when a force is applied to the joint tending to straighten it pressure will be exerted on the parts adjacent or fixed to the outer ends of the bars also : a device with a joint using a toggle

3 computers : a setting that can be switched between two different options by performing a single action (such as selecting a menu option or pressing a key)


toggled; toggling\ˈtä-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of toggle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten with or as if with a toggle

2 : to furnish with a toggle

3 : to switch between two different options for (something, such as a computer setting) usually by pressing a single button or a simple key combination toggle the sound on a computer off and on

intransitive verb

: to switch between two options especially of an electronic device usually by pressing a single button or a simple key combination

Examples of toggle in a Sentence


Instead of buttons, the jacket has toggles.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The toggle is located in the FaceTime panel in the Settings app. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple releases iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1," 5 Dec. 2018 The Roku remote toggles between Hulu, Netflix, HBO and live TV channels. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Hey, Mom, Why Do You Have Five TV Remotes?," 26 Nov. 2018 Snap off the plastic straps and the toggle will be securely locked to the wall. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Hang a TV," 23 July 2018 Use jewelry pliers to link the pieces with jump rings and finish with a toggle-hook set (jump rings, $2.79 for 80; toggle hooks, $2.39 for 10; Jourdan Crouch, Country Living, "How to Make a Shrinky Dink Bracelet," 8 Feb. 2011 The screen brightness toggle - one of the Action Center buttons—has been changed from a series of buttons toggling through various brightness levels, and replaced with a slider. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277," 7 Nov. 2018 Need to draft memos, highlight reports, toggle quickly between documents synced from multiple devices, take notes in the margins, or fill out PDF forms? Steven Melendez, WSJ, "Tablets That Let You Handwrite Notes...Digitally," 12 Oct. 2018 And Courreges’ was a trendy white nylon bag scrunched into a camping-style toggle pouch with the show information inside. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 The others include a selfie mode, landscape, double exposure, and toggles to control brightness. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best instant camera for the beach," 10 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her days were spent toggling between school and work and caring for him in the hospital. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Convergence in the Tale of Two Cities," 1 June 2018 Herman ultimately may wind up toggling between the two signal-callers whether or not both of them can stay healthy after dealing with injuries last season. Chris Johnson,, "Eighteen Quarterback Battles to Watch During Spring Practice," 8 Mar. 2018 The Connecticut Democrat sped through a catalogue of instances where the Trump Administration, and, most notably, Mr. Trump himself, toggled between multiple statements and views on key issues. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Lawmakers struggle to decode Trump's 'secret' to deal with Russia, North Korea," 28 July 2018 Against most lineups, Bridges should be able to toggle between as many as four defensive assignments. The Crossover Staff,, "NBA Draft Debate: Which Wing Would You Draft First?," 11 June 2018 Users will be able to toggle between a social sharing mode and a solo-viewing mode, meaning that in addition to attending Venues events with friends and family, there is also an opportunity to meet new people -- should one so desire. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "Oculus Venues Kicks Off VR Concert Series With Vance Joy Performing Live from Red Rocks," 30 May 2018 Airport officials tend to toggle between offering optimism and consolation. New York Times, "The Trouble With the Memphis Airport: No Crowds," 23 May 2018 In this horrifying twist on the Pinocchio tale, a woman must toggle between being a puppet and being human. Cate Mcquaid,, "Harvard’s Cooper Gallery updates the blackamoor," 18 Apr. 2018 In this demo, we were tasked with breaking up two specific crimes and killing time between those by using spidey sense to toggle a litany of waypoints. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man PS4 hands-on: Saving giant virtual NYC has never felt so awesome," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of toggle


circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1836, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for toggle


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English Language Learners Definition of toggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small piece of wood, plastic, metal, etc., that is pushed through a loop or hole to fasten one part of something to another part

computers : a setting that can be switched between two different options by pressing a single key, making a single choice from a menu, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of toggle (Entry 2 of 2)

computers : to switch between two options by pressing a single key, making a single choice from a menu, etc.

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