switch off

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a. An exchange or a swap, especially one done secretly.
b. A transference or shift, as of opinion or attention.
a. A device used to break or open an electric circuit or to divert current from one conductor to another.
b. A device consisting of two sections of railroad track and accompanying apparatus used to transfer rolling stock from one track to another.
a. A slender flexible rod, stick, or twig, especially one used for whipping.
b. The bushy tip of the tail of certain animals: a cow's switch.
c. A thick strand of real or synthetic hair used as part of a coiffure.
d. A flailing or lashing, as with a slender rod: gave the ox a switch.
v. switched, switch·ing, switch·es
a. To exchange: asked her brother to switch seats with her.
b. To shift, transfer, or divert: switched the conversation to a lighter subject.
a. To connect, disconnect, or divert (an electric current) by operating a switch.
b. To cause (an electric current or appliance) to begin or cease operation: switched the lights on and off.
c. Informal To produce as if by operating a control. Often used with on: switched on the charm.
3. To move (rolling stock) from one track to another; shunt.
a. To whip with a switch, especially in punishing a child.
b. To jerk or swish abruptly or sharply: a cat switching its tail.
1. To make or undergo a shift or an exchange: The office has switched to shorter summer hours.
2. To swish sharply from side to side.
Phrasal Verb:
switch off Informal
To stop paying attention; lose interest.

[Probably of Low German or Flemish origin.]

switch′a·ble adj.
switch′er n.

switch off

vb (adverb)
1. to cause (a device) to stop operating by or as if by moving a switch, knob, or lever; turn off
2. informal to cease to interest or be interested; make or become bored, alienated, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.switch off - cause to stop operating by disengaging a switchswitch off - cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch; "Turn off the stereo, please"; "cut the engine"; "turn out the lights"
kill - cause to cease operating; "kill the engine"
flip, switch, throw - cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"
switch on, turn on - cause to operate by flipping a switch; "switch on the light"; "turn on the stereo"
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vt sep
lightausschalten; radio, TVaus- or abschalten; machine, engineabschalten; gas, water supplyabstellen; the oven switches itself offder Backofen schaltet sich selbsttätig ab or aus
(inf) (can’t somebody) switch him off for goodness’ sake! (inf)kann den denn niemand abstellen, um Himmels willen
(light)ausschalten; (radio, TV also, machine, engine)abschalten; (gas, water supply)abstellen
(inf: person) → abschalten; the TV won’t switch offder Fernseher lässt sich nicht aus- or abschalten

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References in classic literature ?
Eliza tries to control herself and feel indifferent as she rises and walks across to the hearth to switch off the lights.
Dimming, part-night switch off and LEDs are just some of the ways we manage street lighting in Kirklees to help reduce energy, support the night time economy and help keep people safe after dark.
The second phase will consist of Mombasa, Malindi, Nyeri, Meru, Kisumu, Webuye, Kakamega, Kisii, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyahururu, Machakos, Narok and Loldiani (Rongai) and set to switch off on 2 February.
Council officials claim the switch off will save almost PS60,000 per year in maintenance and electricity costs as well as saving 216 tonnes of carbon emissions.
The campaign urges consumers to switch off non-essential electrical appliances and limit use of electricity during that period
If there is a surplus of electricity to requirements the grid controllers find it easier to ask wind farm owners to switch off their turbines to reduce supply than to ask coal or oil-fired power station owners, or nuclear station owners, to do so.
The Saudi team, led by professor Ajlan Al-Ajlan, said the event sees millions of people across the globe switch off the lights at the same time every year to raise awareness on the importance of energy conservation.
Warwickshire County Council brought in the new policy to switch off street lights after midnight in a bid to save PS500,000.
IBF, News Broadcasters Association ( NBA), direct- to- home ( DTH) operators and multi- system operators ( MSOs) had decided to switch off analogue cable TV channels progressively for a short time everyday from October 10 onwards to remind consumers to buy STBs and speed up digitisation.
We do not intend to switch off medium wave until the end of 2013.
Switch off the lights, turn off taps, get outside and get more exercise and play with friends.
Hour in a few weeks by being the first to switch off its lights.