What is the meaning of switch?


  • Control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit.
  • An event in which one thing is substituted for another.
    • usage: "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.
  • The act of changing one thing or position for another.
    • usage: "his switch on abortion cost him the election"


  • Change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence.
  • Exchange or give (something) in exchange for.
  • Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another.
    • usage: "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"
  • Make a shift in or exchange of.
    • usage: "First Joe led; then we switched"
  • Cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation.
    • usage: "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"
  • Flog with or as if with a flexible rod.
  • Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action. ).
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