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 switched
Passengers were asked to make sure their phones and other devices were charged so that they could be switched on for inspection.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat|Clive Irving|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mixing meat and dairy is a kosher rule-breaker, so they switched the cheese for potatoes.
Meet the outgoing Michigan Republican congressman who switched his vote and kept the government funded Thursday.Quirky Reindeer Farmer Keeps Government Open for Christmas|Ben Jacobs|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was writing Lorrie Moore knock-off short stories before I switched to nonfiction.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The RSD Facebook page, and all the local RSD groups, known as “inner circle,” have been switched to private.
These were switched to follow the form of the rest of the book.Indoor and Outdoor Recreations for Girls|Lina Beard
As soon as I had entered mine I switched on the light and threw off my coat.The Pirate of Panama|William MacLeod Raine
Mr. Manning, to whom he was delivering this discourse, switched him on to a new track by asking what he meant by "Neo-European."Mr. Britling Sees It Through|H. G. Wells
Nor could the searchlights be switched on without grave risk to the all-important task of rounding-up the German torpedo-boats.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.|Percy F. Westerman
At length she dismissed the maid, switched off the lights, and then remembered that there was no water in the carafe.The Voice in the Fog|Harold MacGrath
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