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switch    : [sw'ɪtʃ]
Switch \Switch\, n. [Cf. OD. swick a scourage, a whip. Cf.
{Swink}, {Swing}.]
1. A small, flexible twig or rod.
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Mauritania, on the fifth medal, leads a horse with
something like a thread; in her other hand she holds
a switch. --Addison.
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2. (Railways) A movable part of a rail; or of opposite rails,
for transferring cars from one track to another.
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3. A separate mass or trees of hair, or of some substance (at
jute) made to resemble hair, worn on the head by women.
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4. (Elec.) A device for shifting an electric current to
another circuit, or for making and breaking a circuit.
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{Safety switch} (Railways), a form of switch contrived to
prevent or lessen the danger of derailment of trains.

{Switch back} (Railways), an arrangement of tracks whereby
elevations otherwise insurmountable are passed. The track
ascends by a series of zigzags, the engine running
alternately forward and back, until the summit is reached.

{Switch board} (Elec.), a collection of switches in one piece
of apparatus, so arranged that a number of circuits may be
connected or combined in any desired manner.

{Switch grass}. (Bot.) See under {Grass}.
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Switch \Switch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Switched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip.
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2. To swing or whisk; as, to switch a cane.
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3. To trim, as, a hedge. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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4. To turn from one railway track to another; to transfer by
a switch; -- generally with off, from, etc.; as, to switch
off a train; to switch a car from one track to another.
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5. (Eccl.) To shift to another circuit.
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Switch \Switch\, v. i.
To walk with a jerk. [Prov. Eng.]
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n 1: control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or
electronic device for making or breaking or changing the
connections in a circuit [synonym: {switch}, {electric switch},
{electrical switch}]
2: an event in which one thing is substituted for another; "the
replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"
[synonym: {substitution}, {permutation}, {transposition},
{replacement}, {switch}]
3: hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women
to give shape to a coiffure
4: railroad track having two movable rails and necessary
connections; used to turn a train from one track to another
or to store rolling stock
5: a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
6: a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift
assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by
the other
7: the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his
switch on abortion cost him the election" [synonym: {switch},
{switching}, {shift}]
v 1: change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
[synonym: {switch over}, {switch}, {exchange}]
2: exchange or give (something) in exchange for [synonym: {trade},
{swap}, {swop}, {switch}]
3: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a
different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The
car changed lanes" [synonym: {switch}, {shift}, {change}]
4: make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we
switched" [synonym: {switch}, {change over}, {shift}]
5: cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch
on the light"; "throw the lever" [synonym: {throw}, {flip},
6: flog with or as if with a flexible rod
7: reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) [synonym:
{interchange}, {tack}, {switch}, {alternate}, {flip}, {flip-

421 Moby Thesaurus words for "switch":
about-face, accommodation, action, adaptation, adjustment, agency,
alchemy, alteration, alternate, amelioration, anagnorisis, angle,
apostacize, apostasy, apostatize, appendage, architectonics,
architecture, argument, arm, assign, assimilate to, assimilation,
assumption, astonishment, atmosphere, avert, background,
backscratching, bandy, barter, baste, bastinado, be quits with,
bear off, beat, become, becoming, belabor, belt, betterment, bine,
birch, blockbuster, blow, bolt, bomb, bombshell, bough, branch,
branchedness, branchiness, break, break away, bring to, buffet,
burgeon, buy and sell, cane, carry over, catastrophe, catch,
change, change for, change into, change of heart, change over,
change sides, change-over, changeableness, characterization,
chignon, club, color, communicate, commutation, commute,
compensate, complication, compound for, consign,
constructive change, continuity, contrivance, conversion, convert,
cooperate, counterchange, cowhide, cudgel, cut, deadwood, deal,
defect, defection, deflection, degeneration, degenerative change,
delegation, deliver, denouement, deport, deputation, deputyship,
desert, design, deterioration, development, deviate, deviation,
device, difference, diffuse, direct, discontinuity, displacement,
disseminate, divergence, diversification, diversion, diversity,
divert, do business, do over, draw aside, drub, dub in,
earthshaker, ease off, edge off, episode, even trade, exchange,
expel, export, extradite, eye-opener, fable, fall, fall away,
fall off, falling action, false hair, ferule, fitting, flagellate,
flagellum, flail, flip-flop, flog, fly off, fork, frond, fustigate,
gee, get back at, get even with, gimmick, give a whipping,
give and take, give in exchange, give place to, give the stick,
glance, glance off, go off, go over, gradual change, growth, hand,
hand forward, hand on, hand over, haw, head off, horse-trade,
horsewhip, imp, impart, import, improvement, incident, interchange,
jib, joint, joker, kicker, knout, lace, lapse, lash, lay on, leg,
limb, line, link, lobe, lobule, local color, logroll, logrolling,
make, make do with, make over, make way for, melioration, member,
metastasize, metathesize, mitigation, modification, modulation,
mood, motif, move aside, movement, mythos, naturalization,
naturalize, offer in exchange, offshoot, organ, overthrow, paddle,
pandybat, pass, pass on, pass over, pass the buck, passage,
pay back, perfuse, peripeteia, permute, pinion, pistol-whip, plan,
plot, pommel, pork barrel, power of attorney, progress, pummel,
put up with, qualification, quid pro quo, radical change, ramage,
ramification, rat, rattan, rawhide, re-creation, re-formation,
realignment, reciprocate, recognition, reconversion, reconvert,
redeem, redesign, redirect, reduce to, reduction, reform,
reformation, relay, remaking, render, renewal, replacement,
representation, requite, reshaping, resolution, resolve into,
respond, restructuring, retaliate, return, return the compliment,
revelation, reversal, reverse, revival, revivification, revolution,
ring in, rising action, rod, ruler, runner, sarment, scheme, scion,
scourge, secede, secondary plot, sheer off, shift, shocker, shoot,
shove aside, shunt, shy, shy off, side, sidestep, sidetrack, sidle,
slant, slip, smite, spank, spear, spray, spread, sprig, sprit,
sprout, spur, staggerer, startler, steer clear of, step aside,
stick, stolon, story, strap, strike, stripe, structure, subject,
subplot, subrogation, substitute, substitution, sucker,
sudden change, supersedence, superseding, supersedure,
supersession, supplantation, supplanting, supplantment, surprisal,
surprise, surprise ending, surprise package, surprise party, swap,
swap horses, swapping, swinge, switch over, switch-over, tail,
take in exchange, tendril, thallus, thematic development, theme,
thrash, thump, thunderbolt, thunderclap, tit for tat, tone, topic,
total change, trade, trade in, trade off, trade sight unseen,
trading, traffic, transfer, transfer property, transform,
transformation, transfuse, transit, transition, translate,
translocate, transmit, transplace, transplant, transpose, trounce,
truck, truncheon, turn, turn aside, turn away, turn back,
turn cloak, turn into, turn over, turnabout, turning into, twig,
twist, twitch, upheaval, variation, variety, veer off,
vicariousness, violent change, volte-face, wag, waggle, wallop,
wave, whale, whip, whop, wing, worsening

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    3 A reference work containing an alphabetical list of words in a particular category or subject with specialized information about them: a medical dictionary
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    syn: meaning, sense, significance, purport denote that which is expressed or indicated by language or action meaning is general, describing that which is intended to be, or actually is, expressed: the meaning of a statement sense often refers to a particular meaning of a word or phrase: The word “run” has many senses sense may also be used of meaning that is intelligible or reasonable
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  • Thwack | Definition of Thwack by Merriam-Webster
    Verb A book fell off the shelf and thwacked me on the head thwacked the growling dog on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper Noun he gave the ball a hard thwack with the bat and sent it deep into the outfield even from the top of the bleachers we could hear the loud thwack of the ball being hit

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