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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.
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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
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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.]
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horská dráha
bakket vejrutschebane
horská železnica
eğlence treni


[ˈswɪtʃbæk] N (Brit) (at fair) → montaña f rusa; (= road) → camino m de fuertes altibajos
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[ˈswɪtʃbæk] n (British)montagnes fpl russes
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[ˈswɪtʃˌbæk] n (Brit) (roller coaster) → montagne fpl russe
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(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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