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toggle

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noun tog·gle \ˈtä-gəl\

Definition of toggle

  1. 1 :  a piece or device for holding or securing: such asa :  a pin inserted in a nautical knot to make it more secure or easier to slipb :  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. 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

Examples of toggle in a sentence

  1. Instead of buttons, the jacket has toggles.

Origin and Etymology of toggle

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1775


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toggle

verb tog·gle

Definition of toggle

toggled

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toggling

play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fasten with or as if with a toggle

  3. 2 :  to furnish with a toggle

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

1836

First Known Use of toggle

1836

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TOGGLE Defined for English Language Learners

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toggle

play
noun tog·gle \ˈtä-gəl\

Definition of toggle for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


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toggle

verb tog·gle

Definition of toggle for English Language Learners

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



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