switch  

  • Definition of switch

    • (n): the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election"  
    • (n): a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other  
    • (n): a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment  
    • (n): control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit  
    • (n): railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock  
    • (n): hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure  
    • (n): an event in which one thing is substituted for another; "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"  
    • (v): reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)  
    • (v): change over, change around, or switch over  
    • (v): make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched"  
    • (v): lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"  
    • (v): flog with or as if with a flexible rod  
    • (v): cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"  
    • (v): exchange or give (something) in exchange for  

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