toggle switch

noun Electricity.
  1. 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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toggle switch

noun
  1. an electric switch having a projecting lever that is manipulated in a particular way to open or close a circuit
  2. a computer device that is used to turn a feature on or off
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