/swɪtʃ / (say swich)

1. a slender, flexible shoot, rod, etc., used especially in whipping, beating, etc.
2. the act of switching; a stroke, lash, or whisking movement.
3. a slender growing shoot, as of a plant.
4. a separate bunch or tress of long hair (or some substitute) fastened together at one end, worn by women to supplement their hair.
5. Electricity a device for turning on or off or directing an electric current, or making or breaking a circuit.
6. Chiefly USpoint1 (def. 48).
7. a turning, shifting, or changing: a switch of votes to another candidate.
8. Bridge a change to a suit other than the one played or bid previously.
9. a tuft of hair at the end of the tail of some animals.
10. Colloquialswitchboard (def. 2).
verb (t)
11. to whip or beat with a switch or the like; lash: he switched the lad with a cane.
12. to move, swing, or whisk (a cane, a fishing line, etc.) like a switch or with a swift, lashing stroke.
13. to exchange; shift: *He switches directions rapidly to confuse them. –john bryson, 1981.
14. to turn, shift, or divert: to switch conversation from a painful subject.
15. Chiefly USshunt (def. 4).
verb (i)
16. to strike with or as with a switch.
17. to change direction or course; turn, shift, or change.
18. to be shifted, turned, etc., by means of a switch.
19. switch off,
a. to turn off (an electric current or appliance).
b. (of electric lights, appliances, etc.) to cease to operate.
c. Colloquial (of a person) to lose interest or become oblivious.
d. to cause (a gene) to become inactive, usually by a stimulus such as a chemical compound, light, or another gene.
e. (of a gene) to become inactive.
20. switch on,
a. to cause (an electric current) to flow or (an electric appliance) to operate.
b. (of electric lights, appliances, etc.) to begin to operate.
c. Colloquial to cause (someone) to be interested and enthused: Bach really switches him on.
d. Colloquial (of a person) to become interested and enthused.
e. to cause (a gene) to become active, usually by means of a stimulus such as a chemical compound, light, or another gene.
f. (of a gene) to become active.
{compare Low German swutsche}
switcher, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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