- a switch in which a projecting knob or arm, moving through a small arc, causes the contacts to open or close an electric circuit suddenly, as commonly used in most homes.
Origin of toggle switch
First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for toggle switch
Swinging the light sharply against my leg, I struck the toggle-switch, and a beam of intense brilliancy shot through the gloom.
When she called he groggily opened one eye half way, and fumbled for the toggle-switch.Man of Many Minds
E. Everett Evans
- an electric switch having a projecting lever that is manipulated in a particular way to open or close a circuit
- a computer device that is used to turn a feature on or off
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