switch, electric switch, electrical switch(noun)
control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
substitution, permutation, transposition, replacement, switch(noun)
an event in which one thing is substituted for another
"the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"
hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock
a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other
switch, switching, shift(verb)
the act of changing one thing or position for another
"his switch on abortion cost him the election"
switch over, switch, exchange(verb)
change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
trade, swap, swop, switch(verb)
exchange or give (something) in exchange for
switch, shift, change(verb)
lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
"switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"
switch, change over, shift(verb)
make a shift in or exchange of
"First Joe led; then we switched"
throw, flip, switch(verb)
cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
"switch on the light"; "throw the lever"
flog with or as if with a flexible rod
interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop(verb)
reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
A device to turn electric current on and off or direct its flow.
A movable section of railroad track which allows the train to be directed down one of two destination tracks; point.
A slender woody plant stem used as a whip.
A command line notation allowing specification of optional behavior.
Use the /b switch to specify black-and-white printing.
A programming construct that takes different actions depending on the value of an expression.
A networking device connecting multiple wires, allowing them to communicate simultaneously, when possible. Compare to the less efficient hub device that solely duplicates network packets to each wire.
A system of specialized relays, computer hardware, or other equipment which allows the interconnection of a calling party's telephone line with any called party's line.
One who is willing to take either a sadistic or a masochistic role.
I want to switch this red dress for a green one.
To change (something) to the specified state using a switch.
Switch the light on.
To whip or hit with a switch.
To change places, tasks, etc.
I want to switch to a different seat.
To get angry suddenly; to quickly or unreasonably become enraged.
A small, flexible twig or rod, especially one used as a whip.
a small, flexible twig or rod
a movable part of a rail; or of opposite rails, for transferring cars from one track to another
a separate mass or trees of hair, or of some substance (at jute) made to resemble hair, worn on the head by women
a mechanical device for shifting an electric current to another circuit
to strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip
to swing or whisk; as, to switch a cane
to trim, as, a hedge
to turn from one railway track to another; to transfer by a switch; -- generally with off, from, etc.; as, to switch off a train; to switch a car from one track to another
to shift to another circuit
to walk with a jerk
Origin: [Cf. OD. swick a scourage, a whip. Cf. Swink, Swing.]
In electrical engineering, a switch is an electrical component that can break an electrical circuit, interrupting the current or diverting it from one conductor to another. The most familiar form of switch is a manually operated electromechanical device with one or more sets of electrical contacts, which are connected to external circuits. Each set of contacts can be in one of two states: either "closed" meaning the contacts are touching and electricity can flow between them, or "open", meaning the contacts are separated and the switch is nonconducting. The mechanism actuating the transition between these two states can be either a "toggle" or "momentary" type. A switch may be directly manipulated by a human as a control signal to a system, such as a computer keyboard button, or to control power flow in a circuit, such as a light switch. Automatically operated switches can be used to control the motions of machines, for example, to indicate that a garage door has reached its full open position or that a machine tool is in a position to accept another workpiece. Switches may be operated by process variables such as pressure, temperature, flow, current, voltage, and force, acting as sensors in a process and used to automatically control a system. For example, a thermostat is a temperature-operated switch used to control a heating process. A switch that is operated by another electrical circuit is called a relay. Large switches may be remotely operated by a motor drive mechanism. Some switches are used to isolate electric power from a system, providing a visible point of isolation that can be padlocked if necessary to prevent accidental operation of a machine during maintenance, or to prevent electric shock.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
swich, n. a small flexible twig: a movable rail for transferring a carriage from one line of rails to another: a device to make or break a circuit, or transfer an electric current from one conductor to another.—v.t. to strike with a switch: to swing, whisk: to transfer a carriage from one line of rails to another by a switch: to shift from one circuit to another, or in or out of circuit, as an electric current, to shunt.—ns. Switch′back, a term applied to a zigzagging, alternate back-and-forward mode of progression up a slope; Switch′back-rail′way, an apparatus for public amusement, consisting of a short length of elevated railway with a series of rounded inclines, so that the car gains enough of momentum descending the first steep incline to ascend one or more smaller inclines till it gradually and more slowly works its way to the original level at the far end of the course; Switch′ing, a beating with a switch: trimming; Switch′man, a pointsman. [Old Dut. swick, a whip.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A device for opening and closing an electric circuit. A simple type is the ordinary telegrapher's switch. A bar of metal is mounted horizontally by a pivot at one end, so as to be free to rotate through an arc of a circle. In one position its free end rests upon a stud of metal. One terminal of a circuit is attached to its journal, the other to the stud. Resting on the stud it closes the circuit, in other positions it opens the circuit.
A type of device created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles used for a variety of purposes according to the design.
Various types of machinery circuits, vehicles, aircraft and forms of power have a switch to activate something or switch something on or off.Submitted by MaryC on May 26, 2016
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Rank popularity for the word 'switch' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2083
Rank popularity for the word 'switch' in Nouns Frequency: #1807
Rank popularity for the word 'switch' in Verbs Frequency: #428
The numerical value of switch in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of switch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- skakel, puntAfrikaans
- interruptor, opció, agullaCatalan, Valencian
- zhasnout, vypínač, vyměnit, přepínač, rozsvítit, rožnout, výhybkaCzech
- schalten, wechseln, Schalter, Netzwerkweiche, Weiche, Spießrute, Switch, Verteiler, tauschen, austauschenGerman
- διακόπτης, αλλάζωGreek
- ŝalti, vergi, vergoEsperanto
- cambiar, switch, conmutador, interruptor, intercambiar, latigazo, agujaSpanish
- vaihde, puhelinkeskus, vaihtaa, keskus, argumentti, katkaisija, vipu, kytkeä, vitsa, puhelinvaihde, lippu, kytkinFinnish
- changer, interrupteur, échanger, badine, commuter, fouetterFrench
- chanjeHaitian Creole
- cambiar, commutator, excambiar, cambio, commutarInterlingua
- cambiare, passare, scambio, centralino, verga, switch, picchiare, opzione, parametro, interruttore, argomento, scambiare, migrare, commutareItalian
- スイッチ, ポイント, 開閉器Japanese
- 포인트, 스위치Korean
- slēdzis, žagars, pārmijaLatvian
- сменува, свртница, прачка, шалта, развод, прешалтува, прекинувач, разменуваMacedonian
- tukar, suisMalay
- twijg, schakelaar, spitsroede, wisselDutch
- svitsj, sentral, prylestokk, bryter, pensNorwegian
- wyłącznik, zwrotnica, przełącznikPolish
- agulha, central telefónica, vergasta, interruptor, trocar, mudar, comutador, switch on, vergastar, açoitar, switch, açoite, chave, vara, aparelho de mudança de viaPortuguese
- comutator, întrerupător, comuta, schimba, selector, punctRomanian
- стрелка, хлыст, коммутаторRussian
- skretnica, prekidač, korbač, sklopkaSerbo-Croatian
- stikalo, kretnicaSlovene
- växel, slå, byta, stänga, piska, ändra, strömbrytare, knäppa, brytare, switch, växla, spö, släcka, koppla, tändaSwedish
- xivchin, vikluchatelUzbek
- ngắt điện, công tắcVietnamese
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