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a. A sharp bend in a road or trail on a steep incline.
b. A point on a mountain railway where trains reverse direction to continue obliquely up or down a slope without turning.
c. A road, trail, or railway that has such bends or points in it.
d. A section of such a road, trail, or railroad, extending in a nearly opposite direction to the section coming before or after it.
2. Chiefly British A roller coaster.
intr.v. switch·backed, switch·back·ing, switch·backs
To proceed in sharp turns in alternating directions on a steep incline: the trail switchbacked up the mountain; the hikers switchbacked up the hill.


1. (Civil Engineering) a mountain road, railway, or track which rises and falls sharply many times or a sharp rise and fall on such a road, railway, or track
2. another word (esp Brit) for big dipper



1. a highway, as in a mountainous area, having many hairpin curves.
2. a zigzag railroad track arrangement for climbing a steep grade.
3. (of a road, railroad track, etc.) to progress through a series of hairpin curves; zigzag.
[1860–65, Amer.]
horská dráha
bakket vejrutschebane
horská železnica
eğlence treni


[ˈswɪtʃbæk] N (Brit) (at fair) → montaña f rusa; (= road) → camino m de fuertes altibajos


[ˈswɪtʃbæk] n (British)montagnes fpl russes


[ˈswɪtʃˌbæk] n (Brit) (roller coaster) → montagne fpl russe


(switʃ) noun
1. a small lever, handle or other device eg for putting or turning an electric current on or off. The switch is down when the power is on and up when it's off; He couldn't find the light-switch.
2. an act of turning or changing. After several switches of direction they found themselves on the right road.
3. a thin stick.
to change, turn. He switched the lever to the `off' position; Let's switch over to another programme; Having considered that problem, they switched their attention to other matters.
ˈswitchback noun
a railway eg in an amusement park, or a road that has many ups and downs (and sudden turns). Let's go along the switchback.
ˈswitchboard noun
a board with many switches for controlling electric currents etc, or for making connections by telephone, eg within a large office etc.
switch on/off
to put or turn on/off (an electric current / light etc). He switched on the light; Switch off the electricity before going on holiday.
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Through her half-closed eyelids she watched Terence lying back in his chair, and she smiled as she saw how big his mouth was, and his chin so small, and his nose curved like a switchback with a knob at the end.
Gold Resource announced the continued expansion of the Arista Mine's Switchback vein system with thirteen additional step-out drill holes.
Description of project: Demolish the existing straight-run street stairway entrance P4/S3 and replace it with a new switchback street stairway entrance; demolish the existing street stairway entrance P2/S2 and construct a new concrete structural slab above existing P2/S2 stairway; construct a new ADA compliant holed hydraulic, front/back type elevator eight by ten feet extending from the street level down one level; and construct a new 150 square feet minimum elevator machine room in the unused northerly portion of the existing electrical room.
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In a preview clip for the episodes, "I Thought We Were Playing It Nice" and "Riding A Bike Is Like Riding A Bike," teams are faced with not one, but two, Switchback tasks originally seen in seasons 3 and 9, and one in particular will be the one that potentially paralyzes Scott with another fear-and jeopardizes his and Brooke's recent rise to the top half of remaining teams.
For lasting comfort through a hard day's work on site, SCRUFFS says its Switchback boot has it all, and is made for demanding jobs as it combines underfoot protection with hard wearing features.
12) in the 1m2f maiden at Brighton under David Probert, who rides the tricky switchback track as well as any jockey.
Polaris Industries, a powersports company, offers RANGER, RZR and POLARIS GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; SPORTSMAN and POLARIS ACE all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT moto-roadsters and Polaris RMK, INDY, SWITCHBACK and RUSH snowmobiles.
com)-- Switchback Outdoor Gear set out in the summer of 2013 to produce the easiest, most effective solution for active people needing automobile seat protection after grueling workouts or adventures - without a hefty price and without permanent or semi-permanent installation.
Co-director Phil Ormrod, of the Stockton-based performance company Switchback, said: "The Easterly will be a rich tapestry of stories and songs shared on a walk from Saltburn's community theatre in Albion Terrace to the pier.
The 2014 Switchback line's smooth handling and power delivers extraordinary riding experiences, on or off-trail.