- a device connecting others in a network, enabling communication among them by interrogating each received data packet for its source and destination and then routing it to the appropriate device in the network.Compare hub (def. 7).
- Also called switch state·ment . (in a program or piece of code) a structure permitting a number of different actions as determined by the value of a particular expression.
- Also called com·mand-line switch . an argument sent to a program when it is run from the command line rather than via a graphical user interface, and which modifies the function of the command.
- 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).
Idioms about switch
Origin of switch
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How to use switch in a sentence
Soon afterward, Jarrell, the university’s president, released a statement saying the lab had been “planning for some time” to make the switch.Hogan’s first batch of coronavirus tests from South Korea were flawed, never used|Steve Thompson|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
There are caregivers who don’t have the resources for that kind of switch.Distance learning was a disaster. So I decided to teach my daughter myself.|Tracey Lewis-Giggetts|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
It’s almost as if Sucker Punch Studios had an on-off switch for visual upgrades, and they’ve been ready to push it this whole time.‘Ghost of Tsushima’ sees the best kind of PlayStation 5 upgrade: transformative and free|Gene Park|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
The switch never garnered support from lawyers or legislators.Maine Governor Won’t Fund Reforms for Public Defense Agency Without Accountability|by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor|November 11, 2020|ProPublica
This is a big switch, one that may lead to compatibility issues for app-makers and connected devices.
They even switched off their location service—one of the main perks of the program.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays|Bel Trew|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
One customer retooled a Nintendo Wii with its innards switched out for glued pennies.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 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
As the car rolled on toward Manhattan's northern boundary, the woman with the green eyes switched on the radio on the dash.
We switched paint jobs at Burkey's station, see, and rolling into town that dame you sent to ride with us switched on the radio.
The light was switched off, and Bud heard the doors pulled shut, and the rattle of the padlock and chain.
"Door left unlocked—the ignorant hound—Good thing I don't trust him too far—" Some one came fumbling in and switched on the light.
At the same moment the blinds in the dining-room were pulled down by the countess herself, and the lights switched off.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for switch
Derived forms of switchswitcher, nounswitchlike, adjective
Word Origin for switch
Other Idioms and Phrases with switch
In addition to the idioms beginning with switch
- switch off
- switch on
- asleep at the switch
- bait and switch