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(of an electrical switch, button, etc) having an `on' position and an `off' position
existing at times and not at others; discontinuousan on-off relationship
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Words nearby on-off
on-mike, onnagata, on no account, o.n.o., on occasion, on-off, onomasiology, onomastic, onomasticon, onomastics, onomatology
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How to use on-off in a sentence
Classically, by turning on/off several genetic switches, scientists can revert cells to a less specialized stage.Gene Editing Could Erase HIV|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Michael Zhang|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some critics worry that reform would be like an on/off switch—suddenly and irreversibly changing America forever.The House GOP’s Big Immigration Fail|James Poulos|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Vaccination works more like a light with a dimmer than an on-off switch, said Slifka.A Fully Vaccinated Woman Contracted and Then Spread Measles. WTF?|Elizabeth Lopatto|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was never kiss-and-tell during her on-off relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio.The World's Savviest Supermodel|Dom Phillips|May 31, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Other control units have a combination on-off switch and volume control knob.Delco Manuals: Radio Model 633, Delcotron Generator|Delco-Remy Division