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toggle switch

noun, Electricity.
a switch in which a projecting knob or arm, moving through a small arc, causes the contacts to open or close an electric circuit suddenly, as commonly used in most homes.
Origin of toggle switch
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for toggle switch
Historical Examples
  • Its toggle switch was at the “on” position, and it was lying on its side.

    The Untouchable Stephen A. Kallis
  • Before me, where I could operate it with a thrusting movement of my chin, was a toggle switch.

  • The clerk went to the switchboard and plugged in a line, then pulled the toggle switch a couple of times.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • A snarl of disgust, a toggle switch snapped, a flickering teevie screen.

    Martyr Alan Edward Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for toggle switch

toggle switch

an electric switch having a projecting lever that is manipulated in a particular way to open or close a circuit
a computer device that is used to turn a feature on or off
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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