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SWITCH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does switch mean? 

SWITCH (noun)
  The noun SWITCH has 7 senses:

1. control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
2. an event in which one thing is substituted for another
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

  Familiarity information: SWITCH used as a noun is common.


SWITCH (verb)
  The verb SWITCH has 7 senses:

1. change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
2. exchange or give (something) in exchange for
3. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
4. make a shift in or exchange of
5. cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
6. flog with or as if with a flexible rod
7. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

  Familiarity information: SWITCH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SWITCH (noun)


Sense 1switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

electric switch; electrical switch; switch

Hypernyms ("switch" is a kind of...):

control; controller (a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "switch"):

on-off switch; on/off switch; toggle; toggle switch (a hinged switch that can assume either of two positions)

time-switch (a switch set to operate at a desired time)

three-point switch; three-way switch (an electric switch that has three terminals; used to control a circuit from two different locations)

selector; selector switch (a switch that is used to select among alternatives)

button; push; push button (an electrical switch operated by pressing)

ignition switch (switch that operates a solenoid that closes a circuit to operate the starter)

cutout (a switch that interrupts an electric circuit in the event of an overload)

commutator (switch for reversing the direction of an electric current)


Sense 2switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event in which one thing is substituted for another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

permutation; replacement; substitution; switch; transposition

Context example:

the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood

Hypernyms ("switch" is a kind of...):

fluctuation; variation (an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change)


Sense 3switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("switch" is a kind of...):

false hair; hairpiece; postiche (a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment)


Sense 4switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("switch" is a kind of...):

railroad; railroad track; railway (a line of track providing a runway for wheels)


Sense 5switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("switch" is a kind of...):

instrument of punishment (an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "switch"):

birch; birch rod (a switch consisting of a twig or a bundle of twigs from a birch tree; used to hit people as punishment)

cane (a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment)

ferule (a switch (a stick or cane or flat paddle) used to punish children)

ratan; rattan (a switch made from the stems of the rattan palms)


Sense 6switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("switch" is a kind of...):

basketball play (a play executed by a basketball team)


Sense 7switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of changing one thing or position for another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

switching; shift; switch

Context example:

his switch on abortion cost him the election

Hypernyms ("switch" is a kind of...):

change (the action of changing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "switch"):

switcheroo (a sudden unexpected switch)


SWITCH (verb)


Sense 1switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

switch; switch over; exchange

Hypernyms (to "switch" is one way to...):

change by reversal; reverse; turn (change to the contrary)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exchange or give (something) in exchange for

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

swap; swop; switch; trade

Hypernyms (to "switch" is one way to...):

change; exchange; interchange (give to, and receive from, one another)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

switch; change; shift

Context examples:

switch to a different brand of beer / She switched psychiatrists / The car changed lanes

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "switch"):

break (change directions suddenly)

cut (make an abrupt change of image or sound)

diphthongise; diphthongize (change from a simple vowel to a diphthong)

jump; leap (pass abruptly from one state or topic to another)

channel-surf; surf (switch channels, on television)

break (change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another)

shift (change gears)

transition (make or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a shift in or exchange of

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

change over; shift; switch

Context example:

First Joe led; then we switched

Hypernyms (to "switch" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "switch"):

veer (shift to a clockwise direction)

back (shift to a counterclockwise direction)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

flip; switch; throw

Context examples:

switch on the light / throw the lever

Hypernyms (to "switch" is one way to...):

engage; lock; mesh; operate (keep engaged)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "switch"):

switch on; turn on (cause to operate by flipping a switch)

cut; switch off; turn off; turn out (cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flog with or as if with a flexible rod

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "switch" is one way to...):

flog; lash; lather; slash; strap; trounce; welt; whip (beat severely with a whip or rod)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7switch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

flip-flop; interchange; alternate; tack; switch; flip

Hypernyms (to "switch" is one way to...):

change by reversal; reverse; turn (change to the contrary)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


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