toggle switch


Definition of toggle switch

: an electric switch operated by pushing a projecting lever through a small arc

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With its famous paneled windshield and actual working toggle switches, the Falcon’s cockpit is something out of nerd Valhalla. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 Flick a toggle switch to turn on the ignition, then nudge the red start button to fire it up. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 2018 Like a standard Strat, this guitar has a 5-way toggle switch to select between the three pickups: bridge, bridge/middle, middle, middle/neck, and neck. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The New Fender Strat Still Reigns Supreme," 27 Apr. 2017 Again, a simple tap on an option or toggle switch is enough to grant or refuse a permission. David Nield, WIRED, "How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do," 5 July 2018 When a passing car’s front tire touched one painted white line, Rothman quickly hit a toggle switch. Michaelle Bond,, "In Pa., local cops can't use radar to catch speeders. That could soon change," 18 June 2018 The center-console shifter is flanked by a drive-mode toggle switch and a plate for the unique serial number. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2018 Honda Civic Type R," 22 Feb. 2018 Of course, Mini still has the toggle switches for various functions, although the hybrid switches to yellow for the ignition. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mini electrifies the Countryman, with plug-in hybrid drive system | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 13 Jan. 2018 The drive-mode selector, previously a cheap-feeling collar around the gear-shifter trim, is now a toggle switch. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Design Tweaks for 2019 Mini Cooper Hardtop and Convertible," 11 Jan. 2018

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circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of toggle switch

: a switch that turns the flow of electricity to a machine on and off

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