tog·​gle | \ ˈtä-gəl How to pronounce toggle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce toggling (audio) \; toggles

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 usually two different options, states, or activities : alternate, cycle Prevent bad habits by intervening when kids toggle between texting and studying …— Phyllis Fagell The brain continues to toggle back and forth between non-REM and REM sleep throughout the night, once every hour and a half.— Alice Park et al. specifically : to change between usually two options of an electronic device by means of a simple hardware or software control (such as a button, a switch, or a combination of keys) You also get … an icon that lets you toggle between keyboard and gamepad controls. — Ian Paul Users can toggle between these three views at any time, offering a more customizable way to consume the content on the site. — Arielle Pardes … a prompt asks for permission to access the front-facing camera. As with any app, this permission can be toggled on or off … — Joe Rossignol Using the steering wheel, you can toggle through various layouts including navigation, trip computer, audio, driver's assistance features, and a tachometer. — Benjamin Zhang

Examples of toggle in a Sentence

Noun Instead of buttons, the jacket has toggles.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Facebook designed Portal with a toggle to easily switch off the camera and/or microphone. Emily Glover, NBC News, "How Facebook's Portal Mini earned a place in my home," 15 May 2020 Advanced > Ads and toggle on Opt out of Ads Personalization. Wired, "A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You," 21 Sep. 2019 Once the update hits your phone this week, a new toggle will appear inside the Face Unlock tab in the Device Security settings. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Face unlock on the Pixel 4 just gained an important security feature you need to turn on," 7 Apr. 2020 Bone splinters can become needles or awls, triangular bone chips can become arrowheads and random chunks can become buttons or toggles. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Deer Parts That Will Keep You Alive," 17 Dec. 2019 The Summit features a toggle-bolt receiver on a 10/22 footprint. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "Best New Rimfire Rifles and Handguns of the 2020 SHOT Show," 21 Jan. 2020 These can become buttons, toggles, small tool handles and much more. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Deer Parts That Will Keep You Alive," 17 Dec. 2019 These numbers would be a bit more representative of phones that emphasize speed instead of battery life, with several phones offering a toggle to switch modes. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 benchmarked: Performance soars, but not much," 16 Dec. 2019 In the future, however, Apple promised to add a toggle in a future iOS update that would allow users to turn off all location tracking. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Is Accused of Kowtowing to Russia and Violating User Privacy," 7 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to USA Today, users on Messenger can also toggle the reaction to a vibrating heart as well. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Facebook Now Has a New Reaction so You Can Send Your Friends a Digital 'Hug' (Video)," 18 Apr. 2020 Pressing + will toggle to the wall mode, which makes arranging your paintings much easier. Briana Rice,, "You can now customize your Animal Crossing home with art from Cincinnati Art Museum," 3 Apr. 2020 The crew was now safe from an unintended abort due to a faulty button throughout the descent, since nothing else in the descent programs would toggle LETABBIT back on. Frank O’brien, Ars Technica, "A deep dive into the Apollo Guidance Computer, and the hack that saved Apollo 14," 30 Jan. 2020 Once selected, the footage will automatically play and the user can toggle which camera angle is the main view via boxes on each corner of the screen. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "You Can Now View Tesla Model 3's Past Dashcam Footage on Its Screen," 13 Apr. 2020 To blur the background for all calls, click your Profile Picture, Settings, Audio & Video and toggle the switch on next to the option marked Blur my background for all calls. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "3 essential security tips to keep hackers and scammers out when working from home," 19 Mar. 2020 Tap the crescent moon icon to toggle on (or off) Do Not Disturb. New York Times, "How to Take Control of Your Notifications," 5 Feb. 2020 The Chicago band Harm’s Way play hardcore/metal that growls and bashes, toggling between blasts of rapid sixteenth-note riffs and split-second yawning caverns in the music. John Adamian,, "Harm’s Way - death metal, industrial and scrambled beats - playing Webster Underground," 11 Aug. 2019 Its seat is heated, and the warmth levels can be toggled between five different settings. Popular Science, "High-tech toilets that are flush with features," 18 Mar. 2020

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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

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The first known use of toggle was circa 1775

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30 May 2020

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“Toggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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