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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)

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.

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."