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English noun: switch

1. switch (artifact) control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit

Synonymselectric switch, electrical switch

Broader (hypernym)control, controller

Narrower (hyponym)button, commutator, cutout, ignition switch, on-off switch, on/off switch, push, push button, selector, selector switch, three-point switch, three-way switch, time-switch, toggle, toggle switch

2. switch (event) an event in which one thing is substituted for another

SamplesThe replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood.

Synonymspermutation, replacement, substitution, transposition

Broader (hypernym)fluctuation, variation

3. switch (artifact) hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure

Broader (hypernym)false hair, hairpiece, postiche

4. switch (artifact) railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock

Broader (hypernym)railroad, railroad track, railway

5. switch (artifact) a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment

Broader (hypernym)instrument of punishment

Narrower (hyponym)birch, birch rod, cane, ferule, ratan, rattan

6. switch (act) a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other

Broader (hypernym)basketball play

7. switch (act) the act of changing one thing or position for another

SamplesHis switch on abortion cost him the election.

Synonymsshift, switching

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)switcheroo

English verb: switch

1. switch (change) change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

Synonymsexchange, switch over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change by reversal, reverse, turn

2. switch (possession) exchange or give (something) in exchange for

Synonymsswap, swop, trade

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)change, exchange, interchange

3. switch (change) lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

SamplesSwitch to a different brand of beer.
She switched psychiatrists.
The car changed lanes.

Synonymschange, shift

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)break, break, channel-surf, cut, diphthongise, diphthongize, jump, leap, shift, surf, transition

Verb groupchange, change, commute, convert, exchange

4. switch (change) make a shift in or exchange of

SamplesFirst Joe led; then we switched.

Synonymschange over, shift

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)back, veer

5. switch (contact) cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation

SamplesSwitch on the light.
Throw the lever.

Synonymsflip, throw

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)engage, lock, mesh, operate

Narrower (hyponym)cut, switch off, switch on, turn off, turn on, turn out

6. switch (contact) flog with or as if with a flexible rod

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)flog, lash, lather, slash, strap, trounce, welt, whip

7. switch (change) reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Synonymsalternate, flip, flip-flop, interchange, tack

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change by reversal, reverse, turn

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