[ tog-uh l ]
/ ˈtɒg əl /
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.
verb (used with object), tog·gled, tog·gling.
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.
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Origin of toggle
First recorded in 1760–70; perhaps variant of tackle
Related formstog·gler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for toggle iron (1 of 2)
a whaling harpoon with a pivoting barb near its head to prevent a harpooned whale pulling freeAlso called: toggle harpoon
British Dictionary definitions for toggle iron (2 of 2)
/ (ˈtɒɡəl) /
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
Derived Formstoggler, noun
Word Origin for toggle
C18: of unknown origin
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