HyperDic: switch

English > 14 senses of the word switch:
NOUNartifactswitch, electric switch, electrical switchcontrol consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
eventswitch, substitution, permutation, transposition, replacementan event in which one thing is substituted for another
artifactswitchhairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair
artifactswitchrailroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections
artifactswitcha flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
actswitcha basketball maneuver
actswitch, switching, shiftthe act of changing one thing or position for another
VERBchangeswitch, switch over, exchangechange over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
possessionswitch, trade, swap, swopexchange or give (something) in exchange for
changeswitch, shift, changelay aside, abandon, or leave for another
changeswitch, change over, shiftmake a shift in or exchange of
contactswitch, throw, flipcause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
contactswitchflog with or as if with a flexible rod
changeswitch, interchange, tack, alternate, flip, flip-flopreverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
switch > pronunciation
Soundsswih'ch
Rhymesbackstitch ... witch: 27 rhymes with ihch...
English > switch: 14 senses > noun 1, artifact
MeaningControl consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit.
Synonymselectric switch, electrical switch
Narrowercommutatorswitch for reversing the direction of an electric current
cutoutA switch that interrupts an electric circuit in the event of an overload
ignition switchswitch that operates a solenoid that closes a circuit to operate the starter
push button, push, buttonAn electrical switch operated by pressing
selector, selector switchA switch that is used to select among alternatives
three-way switch, three-point switchAn electric switch that has three terminals
time-switchA switch set to operate at a desired time
toggle switch, toggle, on-off switch, on/off switchA hinged switch that can assume either of two positions
Broadercontrol, controllerA mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
Catalaninterruptor
Verbsswitchcause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
English > switch: 14 senses > noun 2, event
MeaningAn event in which one thing is substituted for another.
Synonymssubstitution, permutation, transposition, replacement
Broadervariation, fluctuationAn instance of change
Spanishsubstitución, sustitución
Verbsswitchreverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
switchchange over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
switchexchange or give (something) in exchange for
English > switch: 14 senses > noun 3, artifact
Meaninghairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure.
Broaderhairpiece, false hair, posticheA covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
Catalanpostís, trena postissa
English > switch: 14 senses > noun 4, artifact
Meaningrailroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock.
Broaderrailroad track, railroad, railwayA line of track providing a runway for wheels
Catalandesviació
Spanishdesviación
English > switch: 14 senses > noun 5, artifact
MeaningA flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment.
Narrowerbirch, birch rodA switch consisting of a twig or a bundle of twigs from a birch tree
caneA stiff switch used to hit students as punishment
feruleA switch (a stick or cane or flat paddle) used to punish children
rattan, ratanA switch made from the stems of the rattan palms
Broaderinstrument of punishmentAn instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person
Catalanvara
Spanishvara
Verbsswitchflog with or as if with a flexible rod
English > switch: 14 senses > noun 6, act
MeaningA basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other.
Broaderbasketball playA play executed by a basketball team
English > switch: 14 senses > noun 7, act
MeaningThe act of changing one thing or position for another.
Example"his switch on abortion cost him the election"
Synonymsswitching, shift
NarrowerswitcherooA sudden unexpected switch
BroaderchangeThe action of changing something
Catalancanvi
Spanishcambio
Verbsswitchreverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
switchmake a shift in or exchange of
switchlay aside, abandon, or leave for another
switchchange over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
English > switch: 14 senses > verb 1, change
Meaningchange over, change around, as to a new order or sequence.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something PP; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymsswitch over, exchange
Broaderchange by reversal, turn, reversechange to the contrary
Catalancanviar, intercanviar
Nounsswitchthe act of changing one thing or position for another
switchan event in which one thing is substituted for another
English > switch: 14 senses > verb 2, possession
MeaningExchange or give (something) in exchange for.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s something PP
Synonymstrade, swap, swop
Broaderexchange, change, interchangeGive to, and receive from, one another
Catalanbaratar, permutar
Spanishcambiar, intercambiar
Nounsswitchan event in which one thing is substituted for another
switchingthe act of changing one thing or position for another
English > switch: 14 senses > verb 3, change
Meaninglay aside, abandon, or leave for another.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Examples
  • "switch to a different brand of beer"
  • "She switched psychiatrists"
Synonymsshift, change
Narrowerbreakchange suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
breakchange directions suddenly
cutmake an abrupt change of image or sound
diphthongize, diphthongisechange from a simple vowel to a diphthong
leap, jumpPass abruptly from one state or topic / topic to another
shiftchange gears
surf, channel-surfswitch channels, on television
transitionmake or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another)
Similar tochangechange clothes
change, exchange, commute, convertExchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
Catalanabandonar, canviar, transformar
Spanishabandonar, cambiar
Nounsswitchthe act of changing one thing or position for another
English > switch: 14 senses > verb 4, change
Meaningmake a shift in or exchange of.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example then we switched"
Synonymschange over, shift
Narrowerbackshift to a counterclockwise direction
veershift to a clockwise direction
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Catalancanviar
Spanishcambiar, intercambiar, relevar
Nounsswitch, switchingthe act of changing one thing or position for another
English > switch: 14 senses > verb 5, contact
MeaningCause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"switch on the light"
Synonymsthrow, flip
Narrowerswitch off, cut, turn off, turn outCause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
switch on, turn onCause to operate by flipping a switch
Broaderengage, mesh, lock, operateKeep engaged
Catalanaccionar, encendre
Nounsswitchcontrol consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
English > switch: 14 senses > verb 6, contact
Meaningflog with or as if with a flexible rod.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Broaderflog, welt, whip, lather, lash, slash, strap, trounceBeat severely with a whip or rod
Spanishfustigar
Nounsswitcha flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
switchera person who administers punishment by wielding a switch or whip
English > switch: 14 senses > verb 7, change
Meaningreverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) .
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s something
Synonymsinterchange, tack, alternate, flip, flip-flop
Broaderchange by reversal, turn, reversechange to the contrary
Catalanalternar, canviar, intercanviar
Spanishalternar
Nounsswitchthe act of changing one thing or position for another
switchan event in which one thing is substituted for another
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