|1.||[ verb ] change over, change around, or switch over|
|Related terms:||change_by_reversal commutation|
|2.||[ noun ] (electricity) control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit|
|Related terms:||control push_button commutator toggle_switch cutout ignition_switch time-switch three-point_switch selector throw|
|3.||[ verb ] exchange or give (something) in exchange for|
|Synonyms:||trade swap swop|
|Related terms:||exchange barter substitution|
|4.||[ verb ] lay aside, abandon, or leave for another|
"switch to a different brand of beer" "She switched psychiatrists" "The car changed lanes"
|Related terms:||leap break surf break diphthongize shift cut change change|
|5.||[ verb ] make a shift in or exchange of|
|Synonyms:||shift turn_around change_over|
"First Joe led then we switched"
|Related terms:||change back veer shift|
|6.||[ noun ] an event in which one thing is substituted for another|
|Synonyms:||replacement substitution transposition permutation|
"the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"
|Related terms:||variation replace substitute substitute trade|
|7.||[ verb ] reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)|
|Synonyms:||alternate flip flip-flop tack interchange|
|Related terms:||change_by_reversal reversal tack|
|8.||[ noun ] (transportation) railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock|
|9.||[ noun ] (sport,basketball) a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other|
|10.||[ verb ] cause to go on or t be engaged; set in operation|
"switch on the light" "throw the lever"
|Related terms:||engage switch_on switch_off|
|11.||[ noun ] (zoology,clothing) hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure|
|12.||[ adjective ] (baseball) able to bat either right-handed or left-handed|
"a switch hitter"
|13.||[ noun ] a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment|
|Related terms:||instrument_of_punishment cane ferule rattan birch|
|14.||[ verb ] flog with or as if with a flexible rod|
|15.||[ noun ] the act of changing one thing or position for another|
"his switch on abortion cost him the election"
|Related terms:||change switcheroo shift interchange|