switch (n.)

  1. control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit

    [ Syn: electric switch , electrical switch ]

  2. an event in which one thing is substituted for another; the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood

    [ Syn: substitution , permutation , transposition , replacement ]

  3. hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure

  4. railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock

  5. a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment

  6. a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other

  7. the act of changing one thing or position for another; his switch on abortion cost him the election

    [ Syn: switching , shift ]

    switch (v.)

  1. change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

    [ Syn: switch over , exchange ]

  2. exchange or give (something) in exchange for

    [ Syn: trade , swap , swop ]

  3. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; switch to a different brand of beer; She switched psychiatrists; The car changed lanes

    [ Syn: shift , change ]

  4. make a shift in or exchange of; First Joe led; then we switched

    [ Syn: change over , shift ]

  5. cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; switch on the light; throw the lever

    [ Syn: throw , flip ]

  6. flog with or as if with a flexible rod

  7. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

    [ Syn: interchange , tack , alternate , flip , flip-flop ]

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