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Definition of "switch" []

  • A slender flexible rod, stick, or twig, especially one used for whipping. (noun)
  • The bushy tip of the tail of certain animals: a cow's switch. (noun)
  • A thick strand of real or synthetic hair used as part of a coiffure. (noun)
  • A flailing or lashing, as with a slender rod. (noun)
  • A device used to break or open an electric circuit or to divert current from one conductor to another. (noun)
  • A mechanical, electrical, electronic, or optical device for opening or closing a circuit or for diverting energy from one part of a circuit to another (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A swift and usually sudden shift or change (noun)
  • An exchange or swap (noun)
  • A flexible rod or twig, used esp for punishment (noun)
  • The sharp movement or blow of such an instrument (noun)
  • A tress of false hair used to give added length or bulk to a woman's own hairstyle (noun)
  • The tassel-like tip of the tail of cattle and certain other animals (noun)
  • Any of various card games in which the suit is changed during play (noun)
  • A railway siding (noun)
  • A railway point (noun)
  • To shift, change, turn aside, or change the direction of (something) (verb)
  • To exchange (places); replace (something by something else) (verb)
  • To transfer (rolling stock) from one railway track to another (verb)
  • To cause (an electric current) to start or stop flowing or to change its path by operating a switch (verb)
  • To swing or cause to swing, esp back and forth (verb)
  • To lash or whip with or as if with a switch (verb)

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Use "switch" in a sentence
  • "I hoped she could get used to the name switch for we intended to call her Michelle."
  • "The name switch represents the first major change among NBCUniversal's smaller "emerging networks" following its merger with Comcast earlier this year."
  • "The channelrhodopsin switch is “really going to blow the lid off the whole analysis of brain function,” said George Augustine, a neurobiologist at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Dr. Deisseroth, who is also a psychiatrist who treats patients with autism or severe depression, has ambitious goals."