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      n   a device for dipping car headlights  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
1    a mechanical, electrical, or electronic device for opening or closing a circuit or for diverting a current from one part of a circuit to another  
2    a swift and usually sudden shift or change  
3    an exchange or swap  
4    a flexible rod or twig, used esp. for punishment  
5    the sharp movement or blow of such an instrument  
6    a tress of false hair used to give added length or bulk to a woman's own hairstyle  
7    the tassel-like tip of the tail of cattle and certain other animals  
8    any of various card games in which the suit is changed during play  
9      (U.S. and Canadian)   a railway siding  
10      (U.S. and Canadian)   a railway point  
11      (Austral)  
informal      See       switchboard  
12    to shift, change, turn aside, or change the direction of (something)  
13    to exchange (places); replace (something by something else)  
the battalions switched fronts     
14      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to transfer (rolling stock) from one railway track to another  
15    tr   to cause (an electric current) to start or stop flowing or to change its path by operating a switch  
16    to swing or cause to swing, esp. back and forth  
17    tr   to lash or whip with or as if with a switch,   (See also)        switch off       switch on  
     (C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch swijch branch, twig)  
  switcher      n  
  switchlike      adj  

dip switch  
      n   a device for dipping car headlights  
knife switch  
      n   an electric switch in which a flat metal blade, hinged at one end, is pushed between fixed contacts  
mercury switch  
      n     (Electrical engineering)   a switch in which a circuit is completed between two terminals by liquid mercury when the switch is tilted  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)  
1      (Baseball)   a batsman who can hit either right- or left-handed  
2    Slang   a bisexual person  
switch off  
      vb   adv  
1    to cause (a device) to stop operating by or as if by moving a switch, knob, or lever; turn off  
2    Informal   to cease to interest or be interested; make or become bored, alienated, etc.  
switch on  
      vb   adv  
1    to cause (a device) to operate by or as if by moving a switch, knob, or lever; turn on  
2    tr  
Informal   to produce (charm, tears, etc.) suddenly or automatically  
3    tr  
Informal   (now slightly dated) to make up-to-date, esp. regarding outlook, dress, etc.  
4    tr  
Slang   to arouse emotionally or sexually  
5    intr  
Slang   to take or become intoxicated by drugs  
6    tr  
Slang   to introduce (someone) to drugs  
switch selling  
      n   a system of selling, now illegal in Britain, whereby potential customers are attracted by a special offer on some goods but the salesman's real aim is to sell other more expensive goods instead  
switch yard  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)   an area in a railway system where rolling stock is shunted, as in forming trains  
time switch  
      n   an electric switch that can be set to operate an appliance, such as a light or an oven, at a particular time  
toggle switch  
1    an electric switch having a projecting lever that is manipulated in a particular way to open or close a circuit  
2    a computer device that is used to turn a feature on or off  
trip switch  
      n   an electric switch arranged to interrupt a circuit suddenly and disconnect power from a running machine so that the machine is stopped  
tumbler switch  
      n   a switch that is turned over to connect or disconnect an electric current  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    change, change course, deflect, deviate, divert, exchange, interchange, rearrange, replace by, shift, substitute, swap     (informal)   trade, turn aside  
2    about-turn, alteration, change, change of direction, exchange, reversal, shift, substitution, swap     (informal)  
3    lash, swish, twitch, wave, whip  

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