- a highway, as in a mountainous area, having many hairpin curves.
- Railroads. a zigzag track arrangement for climbing a steep grade.
- British. roller coaster.
- (of a road, railroad track, etc.) to progress through a series of hairpin curves; zigzag: The road switchbacks up the mountain.
Origin of switchback
Examples from the Web for switchback
Historical Examples of switchback
Alexander remarked as they rounded another turn on the switchback path.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
I felt as if once again I were strapped in the car on the switchback railway.
The car on the switchback rushes, whirls, plungesfalls with me to destruction.
But he was a strong horse, and on a trail up a switchback—do you know what a switchback is?Through Glacier Park
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Before the tunnel was built you crossed in the open air by a switchback line.From Sea to Sea
- a mountain road, railway, or track which rises and falls sharply many times or a sharp rise and fall on such a road, railway, or track
- another word (esp Brit) for big dipper