Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun switch

7 senses of switch

Sense 1
switch, electric switch, electrical switch -- (control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit)
       => control, controller -- (a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; "the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly"; "I turned the controls over to her")

Sense 2
substitution, permutation, transposition, replacement, switch -- (an event in which one thing is substituted for another; "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood")
       => variation, fluctuation -- (an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change)

Sense 3
switch -- (hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure)
       => hairpiece, false hair, postiche -- (a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment)

Sense 4
switch -- (railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock)
       => railroad track, railroad, railway -- (a line of track providing a runway for wheels; "he walked along the railroad track")

Sense 5
switch -- (a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment)
       => instrument of punishment -- (an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person)

Sense 6
switch -- (a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other)
       => basketball play -- (a play executed by a basketball team)

Sense 7
switch, switching, shift -- (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")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb switch

7 senses of switch

Sense 1
switch over, switch, exchange -- (change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence)
       => change by reversal, turn, reverse -- (change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern")

Sense 2
trade, swap, swop, switch -- (exchange or give (something) in exchange for)
       => exchange, change, interchange -- (give to, and receive from, one another; "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year")

Sense 3
switch, shift, change -- (lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes")

Sense 4
switch, change over, shift -- (make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 5
throw, flip, switch -- (cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever")
       => engage, mesh, lock, operate -- (keep engaged; "engaged the gears")

Sense 6
switch -- (flog with or as if with a flexible rod)
       => flog, welt, whip, lather, lash, slash, strap, trounce -- (beat severely with a whip or rod; "The teacher often flogged the students"; "The children were severely trounced")

Sense 7
interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop -- (reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action))
       => change by reversal, turn, reverse -- (change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern")

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