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Definition 1: the act of changing one thing or position for another - [noun denoting act]

Samples where switch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his switch on abortion cost him the election

Synonyms for switch in the sense of this definition

(switch is a kind of ...) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of switch ) a sudden unexpected switch

Definition 2: a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other - [noun denoting act]

(switch is a kind of ...) a play executed by a basketball team

Definition 3: a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment - [noun denoting artifact]

(switch is a kind of ...) an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person

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

"my father never spared the birch"

(... is a kind of switch ) a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment

(... is a kind of switch ) a switch (a stick or cane or flat paddle) used to punish children

(... is a kind of switch ) a switch made from the stems of the rattan palms

Definition 4: control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for switch in the sense of this definition

(switch is a kind of ...) a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine

"the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly" "I turned the controls over to her"

(... is a kind of switch ) switch for reversing the direction of an electric current

(... is a kind of switch ) a switch that interrupts an electric circuit in the event of an overload

(... is a kind of switch ) switch that operates a solenoid that closes a circuit to operate the starter

(... is a kind of switch ) an electrical switch operated by pressing

"the elevator was operated by push buttons" "the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"

(... is a kind of switch ) a switch that is used to select among alternatives

(... is a kind of switch ) an electric switch that has three terminals; used to control a circuit from two different locations

(... is a kind of switch ) a switch set to operate at a desired time

(... is a kind of switch ) a hinged switch that can assume either of two positions

Definition 5: railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock - [noun denoting artifact]

(switch is a kind of ...) a line of track providing a runway for wheels

"he walked along the railroad track"

Definition 6: hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure - [noun denoting artifact]

(switch is a kind of ...) a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment

Definition 7: an event in which one thing is substituted for another - [noun denoting event]

Samples where switch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood

Synonyms for switch in the sense of this definition

(switch is a kind of ...) an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

Definition 8: reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) - [verb of change]

Synonyms for switch in the sense of this definition

(switch is a kind of ...) change to the contrary

"The trend was reversed" "the tides turned against him" "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"

Definition 9: make a shift in or exchange of - [verb of change]

Samples where switch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • First Joe led; then we switched

Synonyms for switch in the sense of this definition

(switch is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of switch ) shift to a counterclockwise direction

"the wind backed"

(... is a kind of switch ) shift to a clockwise direction

"the wind veered"

Definition 10: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another - [verb of change]

Samples where switch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for switch in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of switch ) change directions suddenly

(... is a kind of switch ) make an abrupt change of image or sound

"cut from one scene to another"

(... is a kind of switch ) change from a simple vowel to a diphthong

"This vowel diphthongized in Germanic"

(... is a kind of switch ) pass abruptly from one state or topic to another

"leap into fame" "jump to a conclusion" "jump from one thing to another"

(... is a kind of switch ) switch channels, on television

(... is a kind of switch ) change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another

"Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"

(... is a kind of switch ) change gears

"you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"

(... is a kind of switch ) make or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another)

"The airline transitioned to more fuel-efficient jets" "The adagio transitioned into an allegro"

(switch has a similar meaning as ...) change clothes; put on different clothes

"Change before you go to the opera"

(switch has a similar meaning as ...) exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

"Could you convert my dollars into pounds?" "He changed his name" "convert centimeters into inches" "convert holdings into shares"

Definition 11: change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence - [verb of change]

Synonyms for switch in the sense of this definition

(switch is a kind of ...) change to the contrary

"The trend was reversed" "the tides turned against him" "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"

Definition 12: cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation - [verb of contact]

Samples where switch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • switch on the light
  • throw the lever

Synonyms for switch in the sense of this definition

(switch is a kind of ...) keep engaged

"engaged the gears"

(... is a kind of switch ) cause to operate by flipping a switch

"switch on the light" "turn on the stereo"

(... is a kind of switch ) cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch

"Turn off the stereo, please" "cut the engine" "turn out the lights"

Definition 13: flog with or as if with a flexible rod - [verb of contact]

(switch is a kind of ...) beat severely with a whip or rod

"The teacher often flogged the students" "The children were severely trounced"

Definition 14: exchange or give (something) in exchange for - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for switch in the sense of this definition

(switch is a kind of ...) give to, and receive from, one another

"Would you change places with me?" "We have been exchanging letters for a year"

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