switchman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n switchman a man who operates railroad switches
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Switchman One who tends a switch on a railway.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n switchman One who has charge of one or more switches on a railway; a pointsman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Switchman a pointsman
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

The switchman stationed there heard the cry I was able to utter, and came to my assistance.
"The Story of a Pioneer" by Anna Howard Shaw
It sometimes does, even if some switchman doesn't flag it.
"The Four Million" by O. Henry
A princely sum; for the native switchman on a railway and the native servant in a private family get only Rs.
"Following the Equator, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I was your lawyer in Jimmy Tearle's case, and a letter's been found written by the switchman's wife to her husband.
"Northern Lights, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
The railway management places a switchman on duty at this delicate post.
"The Positive School of Criminology" by Enrico Ferri
A switchman named Henry, a member of the Railway Brotherhood, was nominated.
"The Centralia Conspiracy" by Ralph Chaplin
A switchman, and a stranger, waved us welcome with a yard of flaming bunting.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 87, March, 1875" by Various
Since Randolph Bartlett's retirement from the firm, Quin had succeeded him as official switchman, and had proven himself an adept.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
At home they knew a switchman who lived in a little shanty just like this.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South" by Laura Lee Hope
All this Rodman discovered afterwards; but he did not know it then, and so he was only bewildered by the switchman's questions.
"Cab and Caboose" by Kirk Munroe
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In news:

William Henry ("Wee Willie") Keeler was born on March 3, 1872, son of a Brooklyn trolley switchman.
Born Nov 12, 1955, is a member of Local 469 at Madison, Ill. Wier began his railroad career in 1974 as a switchman on the Terminal Railroad Association of St Louis (TRRA).
Born Sept 8, 1951, he began his railroad career in 1973 as a switchman on the Texas Pacific/Missouri Pacific Railroad in New Orleans, La.
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