- a pin, bolt, or rod placed transversely through a chain, an eye or loop in a rope, etc., as to bind it temporarily to another chain or rope similarly treated.
- a toggle joint, or a device having one.
- an ornamental, rod-shaped button for inserting into a large buttonhole, loop, or frog, used especially on sports clothes.
- Also called toggle rail.a wooden batten across the width of a flat, for strengthening the frame.
- Also called toggle iron.a metal device for fastening a toggle rail to a frame.
- to furnish with a toggle.
- to bind or fasten with a toggle.
- Informal. to turn, twist, or manipulate a toggle switch; dial or turn the switch of (an appliance): He toggled the TV between the baseball game and the news.
Origin of toggle
- a whaling harpoon with a pivoting barb near its head to prevent a harpooned whale pulling freeAlso called: toggle harpoon
- a wooden peg or metal rod fixed crosswise through an eye at the end of a rope, chain, or cable, for fastening temporarily by insertion through an eye in another rope, chain, etc
- a wooden or plastic bar-shaped button inserted through a loop for fastening
- a pin inserted into a nautical knot to keep it secure
- machinery a toggle joint or a device having such a joint
- (tr) to supply or fasten with a toggle or toggles
- computing (intr, often foll by between) to switch to a different option, view, application, etc
Word Origin and History for toggle iron
1769, "short pin passed through the eye of a rope," a nautical word of uncertain origin, perhaps a frequentative form of tog "tug." Meaning "a kind of wall fastener" is recorded from 1934. Toggle bolt is from 1794; toggle switch first attested 1938.
1836, from toggle (n.). Related: Toggled; toggling.