verb (used with object)
- to move or transfer (a train, car, etc.) from one set of tracks to another.
- to drop or add (cars) or to make up (a train).
verb (used without object)
- swiss steak,
- swiss tournament,
- switch box,
- switch cane,
- switch engine,
- switch grass,
- switch off
Origin of switch
Examples from the Web for switch
However, that switch to potatoes occurred around the 19th Century.
In a series of more than 20 tweets, Hatem admitted that he tried to get AQAP to switch allegiances from Zawahiri to Baghdadi.
We drive back to Asadabad in silence, where we switch cars for security reasons and begin the six hour drive back home.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For example, you can switch to morning or lunchtime workouts or go straight to the gym instead of stopping at home first.4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out|DailyBurn|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If a fan has a Spanish or Japanese accent, George will switch languages to accommodate them.
Hes at the switch now, remarked the man who had first spoken to the lads.Jack Ranger's Gun Club|Clarence Young
In his hand he held a switch and with it he was slowly cutting at a bloom on a vine that grew about the tree.The Jucklins|Opie Read
It isn't necessary to know a single thing about lighting; all one needs to do is flip a switch to turn the light on.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
Cutting the switch he slid out of the car and ducked over a hedge.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin|Al Avery
Dutifully, however, he set the spools and snapped on the switch.My Shipmate--Columbus|Stephen Wilder
Word Origin for switch
1590s, "slender riding whip," probably from a Flemish or Low German word akin to Hanoverian swutsche, a variant of Low German zwukse "long thin stick, switch," from Germanic base *swih- (cf. Old High German zwec "wooden peg," German Zweck "aim, design," originally "peg as a target," Zwick "wooden peg"), perhaps connected with PIE root *swei- "to swing, bend, to turn."
The meaning "device for changing the direction of something or making or breaking a connection" is first recorded 1797. "The peg sense suits the mech(anical) applications" [Weekley], and these senses may be a direct borrowing from those senses in Continental Germanic languages rather than a continuation of the "pliant wand" sense. The meaning "a change, a reversal, an exchange, a substitution" is first recorded 1920.
1610s, "to strike with a switch," from switch (n.). Related: Switched; switching. The meaning "turn off or on" is first recorded 1853 of trains on tracks, 1881 of electricity, 1932 of radio or (later) television. Sense of "shift, divert" is from 1860. Meaning "to change one thing for another" is recorded from 1919. Switch-hitter is 1930s in baseball slang, 1956 in the sense of "bisexual person."
In addition to the idioms beginning with switch
- switch off
- switch on
- asleep at the switch
- bait and switch