- 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
Examples from the Web for toggled
Contemporary Examples of toggled
For the past week, I've toggled between Morning Phase and Top 40 radio, trying to answer that question.The Last Great Singer-Songwriter Album
February 21, 2014
Scott toggled back and forth between preacher mode—he opened with the lyrics to “Amazing Grace”—and chatty, story-telling mode.Ted’s Excellent Adventure: How Cruz Rocked the Value Voters Summit
October 11, 2013
Historical Examples of toggled
The bowlines to the other sails are toggled to the bridles and lead forward.The Seaman's Friend
Richard Henry Dana
So I toggled up the sleeping-bag and retired worn out into my own.The Home of the Blizzard
Pelham repeated these words, and then "toggled" his rival in the same manner.Outward Bound
Hence, each pair of rudders was toggled together by a cross-yoke.
The four rudders, toggled in pairs, are shown in both the lines and inboard drawings, but the shape is different in the two plans.
- 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 for toggle
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.