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)
Origin of switch
Synonyms for switch
Related Words for switchedconvert, veer, shift, replace, turn, swap, divert, interchange, deviate, deflect, trade, rearrange, sidetrack, turnabout, substitute, shunt
Examples from the Web for switched
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 27, 2014
Mixing meat and dairy is a kosher rule-breaker, so they switched the cheese for potatoes.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed
December 17, 2014
Meet the outgoing Michigan Republican congressman who switched his vote and kept the government funded Thursday.Quirky Reindeer Farmer Keeps Government Open for Christmas
December 11, 2014
I was writing Lorrie Moore knock-off short stories before I switched to nonfiction.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
The RSD Facebook page, and all the local RSD groups, known as “inner circle,” have been switched to private.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of switched
She said she wouldn't live in this town, not if she was switched.Tiverton Tales
Presently the searchlight was switched off, leaving the deck in utter darkness.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
This did not interest me much, so I switched our talk to something that did.The Harbor
He switched on the electric light in the hall, and opened the door.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
The steps came up and up and she switched on the light in the passage.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
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