[ tog-uhl ]
/ ˈtɒg əl /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM toggletoggler, noun
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How to use toggle in a sentence
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|Andrew Romano|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michelle Cottle|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This problem was insoluble, so each toggled himself into his bag in a rather depressed state of mind.
Wall, may I be jiggle-toggled, shipmates, but sech a screechin' an' yellin' you never heered w'en we got aboard.Woven with the Ship|Cyrus Townsend Brady
"You can't know anything more about it until you have been toggled," replied Shuffles.Outward Bound|Oliver Optic
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.
British Dictionary definitions for toggle
/ (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 forms of toggletoggler, noun
Word Origin for toggle
C18: of unknown origin
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