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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.switching - the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election"
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
switcheroo - a sudden unexpected switch
References in classic literature ?
Why, they say as how he went a sauntering into the old flag-ship once, switching his tail about devilish easy and gentlemanlike, and inquiring if the old governor was at home.
I stuck some wax into his keyhole as he was switching off the lights.
The first is Voice over IP (VoIP) and following not too far behind is intelligent switching.
The high-capacity tandem switch can serve dual purposes as an access point for network traffic entering and exiting a carrier's local network, and as the center in a "hub-and-spoke" architecture, switching voice and data traffic between multiple end offices.
B) has announced the world's fastest switching chip that has the potential to revolutionize the economics, size, and multi-service performance and flexibility of communications network infrastructure equipment and consumer electronics devices for the next several years.
Given a pair of PC-AL loops that connect a pair of controllers to one or more JBQDs, there are two back-end switching topologies that can be added.
The V-Switch is a breakthrough switching product that enables next generation digital loop carriers (NGDLCs) to operate independently of the Class 5 switch by providing dial tone and services directly to the access device.
However, although the desire to introduce switching to SANs is quite clear, it is not without its challenges.
Powerful network processors, low-cost transceivers, multi-channel serial backplane interconnects, and high-speed synchronous serial switch fabrics simplify designers' hardware implementation tasks, allowing them to concentrate on their value-adds such as higher layer switching capability, media flexibility, and network management.