toggle

noun
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)

toggle

verb
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

Noun

Instead of buttons, the jacket has toggles.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Use controllers like a paintbrush, toggle through coding-command menus, and create your own 3D worlds, the Media Molecule devs promised. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Dreams PS4 world-premiere hands-on: Finally, a good 3D take on LittleBigPlanet," 21 May 2018 Anote’s Ark toggles between everyday life on the island and Tong’s efforts to explain the crisis to the outside world. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "5 Movies We're Excited to See at Telluride Mountainfilm," 24 May 2018 BuzzFeed notes that Airbus implemented new cockpit security features following 9/11 that included reinforced panels, electronic entry pads, and a toggle control inside the cockpit that could be used to secure the door. Thomas Houston, Popular Mechanics, "Germanwings Co-pilot Accelerated Plane Before Crash," 24 Mar. 2015 Then view the map of your route and toggle on attractions, restaurants, outdoor recreation spots, camping, vacation rentals, and more along the way. Janna Irons, Outside Online, "The Best (Free) Road Trip Apps," 6 June 2018 Keeping warm – and cool: Temperature changes come via toggles for driver and passenger. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Honda Odyssey shows minivan's (teensy bit of a) sporty side," 7 May 2018 Threading cactus forests at 3,000 feet and pushing over the tree line at more than 7,000 feet up means temperatures in spring and fall toggle between 40 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "4 Reasons Why You Need To Hike the Sonoran Desert," 2 May 2018 And so the administration’s public explanation of this policy toggles between three mutually exclusive positions. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump Is Using Hostage Tactics on Family Separation," 18 June 2018 There’s gear stick, but there is a panel of toggle gear switches on the bottom of the center stack that are easy to operate with gloves or big fingers. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: 2018 GMC Terran Denali is not the champagne of compact crossovers," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Tap Precise Location, and toggle it off, or Disagree. Geoffrey A. Fowler, chicagotribune.com, "Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change on your TV, cellphone plan, LinkedIn and more," 18 June 2018 Tap Personalized Advertising on our Products, and toggle it to off, or Disagree. Geoffrey A. Fowler, chicagotribune.com, "Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change on your TV, cellphone plan, LinkedIn and more," 18 June 2018 The ability to toggle between offense and defense is the prerequisite for success in the modern era, which augurs well here. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts from the 2018 Australian Open," 28 Jan. 2018 There's barely a second to breathe in between the Halo jumping, the motorcycle crashing, the helicopter ramming, and, in the tedious countdown-clock climax, the frenetic frame-toggling between widescreen 2.39 and IMAX 1.90 aspect ratios. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': What the Critics Are Saying," 12 July 2018 The songs are strictly post-punk with intricate guitar parts that toggle between heavy riffs and arpeggios, high-energy drums, and low-key vocal hooks. Aaron Carnes, sacbee, "Sacramento rock band explores weighty issues of loss, death and innocence," 1 June 2018 One button of each set is a mode switch, toggling between three separate modes as an LED indicator emphasizes the current selection. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "HP’s ZBook x2: It’s powerful, it’s specialized, and it’s very expensive," 27 May 2018 Here’s the drama: Instagram allows multiple-account owners to easily toggle back and forth between accounts. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Reddit Sniffs Out Fake Beauty Commenter on Glossier," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of toggle

Noun

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1836, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for toggle

Noun

origin unknown

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toggle

noun

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.

toggle

verb

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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