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 switchingconvert, veer, shift, replace, turn, swap, divert, interchange, deviate, deflect, trade, rearrange, sidetrack, turnabout, substitute, shunt
Examples from the Web for switching
Contemporary Examples of switching
King has caucused with the Democrats since being elected in 2012 but has said he is open to switching sides.The Independents Who Could Tip the Senate in November
October 13, 2014
“If someone drinks [more than] 20 ounces of soda per day, switching them to diet soda will help weight loss,” Roussell says.Are Artificial Sweeteners Wrecking Your Diet?
September 30, 2014
Since switching the doorknobs, Hoffman says, Alexa and everyone else in the household sleeps better.Is It Wrong for Parents to Lock Up Their Disabled Kids?
August 4, 2014
He claimed he was in the process of switching sides when he was arrested and sent to Guantanamo.CIA Chief, White House Chief of Staff Long Argued the Taliban 5 Could Go Free
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
June 7, 2014
Today consumers react by cutting the cord and switching to cheaper alternatives.Amazon Stock May Be Up, but the Company Still Doesn’t Make Any Money
October 25, 2013
Historical Examples of switching
Jim on his side of the creek stood thinking and switching his leg.Lord Jim
With the day just opening, like switching on all the electric lights in the world!Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal
G. Harvey Ralphson
"Find out in the morning how she feels about it," said Elinor, switching off the light.Miss Pat at School
Then all the energy was snuffed out of him like the switching off of an electric current.The Crooked House
He went quickly into his bedroom, switching on the light, to get a glass of water.The Daffodil Mystery
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