• WordNet 3.6
    • n switching the act of changing one thing or position for another "his switch on abortion cost him the election"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When telephone companies first began hiring telephone operators, they chose teenage boys for the job. They switched to women because the teenage boys were wrestling instead of working and pulling pranks on callers
    • Switching a. & n. from Switch v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every eleven years the magnetic poles of the sun switch. This cycle is called "Solarmax".
    • n switching A beating with a switch.
    • n switching Trimming.
    • n switching Shunting.
    • n switching In telephony, the process by which the operator at the switchboard brings subscribers into communication.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the last three centuries, 90% of all people living in the Western world have switched from tea to coffee.
    • Switching a beating with a switch: trimming
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  • Denis Waitley
    “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won t, you most assuredly won t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”
  • Dorothy Sarnoff
    Dorothy Sarnoff
    “Never try to look into both eyes at the same time. Switch your gaze from one eye to the other. That signals warmth and sincerity.”
  • Ivern Ball
    Ivern Ball
    “Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    “Make sense who may. I switch off.”
  • Groucho Marx
    “I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.”


Asleep at the switch - If someone is asleep at the switch, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. 'Asleep at the wheel' is an alternative.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. swick, a whip.


In literature:

As Hoddan pushed his way in, he threw a switch and yawned.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
He got in, turned the switch, and listened to the deep hum of the electric motors inside.
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He climbed it and thumbed the navigation-room switch.
"The Aliens" by Murray Leinster
He crope up en he crope 'roun', en bimeby he see de Hoss switch he tail, en den Brer Rabbit know he ain't dead.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Meinora snapped a switch and sat forward alertly.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
It was dusk when she had finished and she switched on the electric light.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
Yet he stands there switching in a sort of self-imposed numbness.
"Stubble" by George Looms
That accomplished, he returned to his work area and switched his display screen to communications mode.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
He snapped up the aerial switch and listened.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
There was a small switch box next to the telephone in the library.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine

In poetry:

Where are your staves and switches
For men of gentle birth?
Your mask and dirk for riches?
Your chains for wit and worth?
"To The Bartholdi Statue" by Ambrose Bierce
You would not recognize me.
Mine is the face which blooms in
The dank mirrors of washrooms
As you grope for the light switch.
"The Tourist from Syracuse" by Donald Justice
An' ev'ry cow of hers do stand,
An' never overzet her païl;
Nor try to kick her nimble hand,
Nor switch her wi' her heavy taïl.
"The Milk-Maid O’ The Farm" by William Barnes
Or going up to some apartment, yours
or yours, finding
someone sitting in the dark:
who is it really? So you switch the light on to see: you know the name but
who is it ?
But you won't see.
"People at Night" by Denise Levertov
"If barn-yard fowls had honey-combs,
What should we think, I wonder?
If lightning-bugs should swiftly strike,
Then peal with awful thunder?
And would it turn our pink cheeks pale
To see a comet switch its tail?"
"April" by Nancy Byrd Turner
For 'e never seemed a-thinkin' of what 'e 'ad to do.
But 'is thoughts was set on 'igher things, admirin' of the view.
'E looked a puffect pictur, and a pictur 'e would stay,
'E wouldn't even switch 'is tail to drive the flies away.
"The Groom's Story" by Arthur Conan Doyle

In news:

Bait and switch on Obamacare.
A GOP bait-and-switch on disclosure.
The state has received 87 complaints from consumers who said they were victims of the predatory " bait-and-switch " tactic, the office said in a news release.
Hell's Kitchen: Bait And Switch .
Minn AG sues AMP Alarm over ' bait-and-switch tactics'.
Republicans slam ' bait and switch ' health bill.
And there you have it, folks: the Atlantic Yards bait-and-switch is complete.
We were fumbling with the switch to the reading light in our room at the Mimslyn Inn.
The Rangers had traditionally worn black berets , but switched to tan berets when the black ones became standard for all US Army soldiers.
The ' dark ages ' disappeared with a flick of a switch 75 years ago.
County health department switching to 4-day work week.
Belden extends the Hirschmann Octopus line with a robust, unmanaged 10-port Fast Ethernet switch.
There's nothing stupid about trading your toggle switches for dimmers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are flipping the dimmer switch on a law that sets new energy-savings standards for light bulbs.
THE HETEROLITHIC MICROWAVE integrated circuit (HMIC) broadband diode switches operate to 26 GHz with continuous-wave (CW) power handling to +38 dBm.

In science:

In this section, we consider an auxiliary process n eP (t)o whose evolution is governed by similar random Riccati iterates, the difference being that the switching Markov chain is stationary i.e., the switching Markov chain { ep(t)} is initialized with the uniform invariant measure on V .
Gossip and Distributed Kalman Filtering: Weak Consensus under Weak Detectability
Sym(Zi ), by picking two neighbours of v in Kn−1 , switching them, and switching all their neighbors in Kn , preserving the sets Zi .
Simple groups without lattices
These segments are switched off during injection of a new packet, and are switched to a small bias voltage during detection of the molecules.
Multiple packets of neutral molecules revolving for over a mile
Lemma 4.1 shows that the period (and the second switching time) of any (s, σ)-periodic solution is uniquely determined by the first switching time and vice versa.
Symmetric periodic solutions of parabolic problems with hysteresis
First, we show that there are no switchings for t ∈ (s, 2s) and that the second switching occurs exactly for t = 2s.
Symmetric periodic solutions of parabolic problems with hysteresis