Meaning of SWITCH in English

SWITCH

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

at the flick of a switch

I can shut off all the power in the building at the flick of a switch .

change/switch tactics

Manchester United switched tactics in the second half.

flicked...switch

I felt inside the doorway and flicked the light switch .

flipped...switch

Anna flipped the switch that opened the front gate.

master switch

pressed...switch

Lily pressed the switch and plunged the room into darkness.

put/switch/turn the heating on

Why don't you put the heating on if you're cold?

switch a computer on/off

Always switch off your computer at the end of the day.

Switch card

switch channels

He kept switching channels.

switch off/turn off a machine

Is the tape machine switched off?

switch off/turn off/stop an engine

Maggie pulled over and switched off the engine.

switch on/turn on a machine

Turn the machine on and slowly add the hot liquid.

switch on/turn on/start an engine

I fastened my seat belt and turned on the engine.

switch/transfer allegiance (= start to support a different person, group etc )

switch/turn off a lamp

He switched off the lamp beside the bed.

switch/turn off the alarm

I entered the shop and switched off the alarm.

switch/turn on a lamp

Dorothy switched on the desk lamp.

switch/turn the heating off

We turn the heating off before bed.

time switch

toggle switch

turn/switch the radio off

You can turn the radio off, darling, we're not listening to it.

turn/switch the radio on

Dad switched on the radio for the eight-thirty news.

turn/switch the television on/off

I switched off the television and went to bed.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

off

She switched off the light and laughed as if she were innocent, fun-loving.

He switched off the radio, switched off the lamp.

The inner robot switched off , leaving the conscious man to cope with real problems, the immediacy of living.

She switched off the film, she waved for him to sit down.

The lights were switched off and the room left in darkness for several minutes.

At the A227 turn-off I switched off the cassette-player so I could concentrate on the terrain.

As a test, Poole had once switched off the alarm.

on

Thacker was not overjoyed to see them, but he played along, switching on the charm.

Genes are not conscious and do not choose to cooperate; they are inanimate molecules switched on and off by chemical messages.

Still in his pyjamas Brian switched on the fountain, and the sudden spurt of water scared the bird away.

Two flashlights were produced, switched on and placed upright on their ends.

Then suddenly the whole scene was illuminated as the runway lights were switched on .

He switched on his torch - there was, of course, no electrical power left.

The phone must be switched on , but you don't have to answer it for the system to work.

Machinery was switched on and chattering away to itself.

over

It was like switching over from an old black and white film.

He switched over from manual to remote operation, putting Betty now under control of Hal.

The only way to switch over in Outlook Express is to re-enter Options.

He forgot to switch over fuel tanks, so he thought he ran out of petrol when he didn't.

After the three hour charge-up, the pack is automatically switched over to normal charging, to preserve the battery life.

To see what you've taken, switch over to play and browse through your images.

to

The owners of Shetland's 500,000 sheep are being urged to switch to more expensive, more environmentally-friendly products.

If drivers paid the true costs of road use, they might switch to less congested times, or make fewer journeys.

The police switched to regarding her as completely innocent and she became the star witness.

She soon switched to more anthropological methods.

■ NOUN

allegiance

Timman unleashed some tactics and the watching grandmasters switched their allegiance .

Behind the scenes, news producers and writers also switched allegiances and jobs.

The reasons they switched their allegiance included anxiety about globalisation, a rejection of political corruption and fear of immigration.

I know that yet again there will be a furore about players switching their allegiance as and when they see fit.

I also noticed how Corin and Alleyn, once we had reached Royston, switched their allegiance to him.

attention

Then he switched his attention to the impending duel.

By mid-July, the country will switch its attention away from Washington to the far more exciting games in Atlanta.

He was howled down by monarchists of right and left, and the house switched its attention to another speaker.

The leopard now switched his attention to the open, sandy space leading to the water.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

asleep at the wheel/switch

One in seven road accidents is caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

reset button/switch

A reset button is also provided, which is pressed if the charging light fails to illuminate.

A reset button may be used to cancel operation and a further pushbutton switch used to trigger the unit at any time.

For security, the reset switch is situated in a secret place and may be key-operated.

Is it possible to list a program after resetting the game with a reset switch? 2.

Simply press the reset button twice and the machine boots up into the diagnostic routine.

You should find that you can change the output states by pressing the appropriate set or reset switch.

the flick of a switch

A flick of a switch and the flashing blue lights and two-tone horns shatter the relative peace of the night.

The flick of a switch can change all this if you install garden lights.

These days about 15 percent of our energy is obtained at the flick of a switch.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

He switched easily and fluently from speaking English to French to German.

He was accused of switching the price labels on goods.

I used to play golf but I switched to tennis to get more exercise.

It took a long time for Americans to switch to smaller cars.

Professor Rigby's talk may be switched to the main hall.

We switched seats halfway through the show.

We must have switched umbrellas by mistake.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

As a result, most of these countries have switched to orthodox fiscal and monetary policies to curb inflation.

He parked close to where the land sloped downwards to a narrow pebble beach, and switched the engine off.

He went inside to her living room, switched off the lights on the bushes, and locked the front door.

It was still switched through to the secretary's office, and it took an infuriatingly long time to get a line.

She switched to forward when she joined the Tiburon Tornadoes at 14.

Solbourne's product allows developers to create graphical user interfaces that dynamically switch between Motif and Open Look.

Then he switched his own torch off.

Would Parcells select either one, make Willie McGinest a defensive end and switch to a 4-3 defense?

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

dimmer

If spots or downlights are bought, they're often used without benefit of a dimmer switch .

Roma table Grillo low-voltage tungsten halogen lamp with dimmer switch .

light

If it wasn't light switches , it would be wall brackets.

How about light switches that clicked on loudly enough to be heard down the hall?

His hand groped around the wall just inside the door, feeling for the light switch .

Instead of having a light switch in every room, everyone carries their own light switch with them.

Whilst Hennessy was talking to the soldier outside, Donaldson found a light switch for three unshaded bulbs high in the rafters.

The basement, it turned out, had a light switch .

Rising to his feet, he touched the light switch , dispelling the gathering gloom, before striding through to his office.

But it was as if some one turned on a light switch in Franklin.

sudden

You will soon notice the difference if you make a sudden switch between the two.

Employees of an outdoor-sports store in Tempe, they hiked in silence, hoping against a sudden switch in the wind.

At home the sudden switch from inflation and boom to stagnation and slump in a few months made changes in policy inevitable.

Lotus has been badly bruised by the sudden switch to Windows.

■ NOUN

gear

Nothing is more conducive to inducing mains spikes than heavy duty switch gear .

What caused the switch gear to fail is still being investigated.

master

The lights were obviously controlled from some master switch for they went on without a sound.

The phones were dead until Leese flipped the master switch .

power

It ha six free 16-bit slots, but the power switch cable blocks access to one full-length expansion card.

Finally she left the room, only to turn off the power switch , which plunged the house into darkness.

Hall still appears ready to pull out and spark another power switch .

Guy flipped on the power switch and caught up, pacing the other rider for several miles.

An unexpected feature is the design of the power switch .

Controls on the machine comprise three buttons, a power switch and two for head cleaning and ink replacement.

selector

The controls are standard volume and tone, with a three-way pickup selector switch .

toggle

Installing 1E5.x's Web Accessories pack will lob an image toggle switch on your toolbar.

Racks of black instrument panels lined with banks of silver toggle switches surround the pilot.

The toggle switch is two-position, and flicking it on takes the sound straight to a pre-determined setting.

The toggle switch selects either pickup or both, in time honoured fashion.

The expected toggle switch controls the pickup selections, but in a rather cunning fashion.

■ VERB

flick

Amy flicked switches and her enormous kitchen sprang into life.

I flicked the switch back again, to undo whatever! might have done.

I kept thinking about the cockroaches, every now and then flicking on the switch to see if they were there.

Then, he flicked a switch and stood well back.

Manolo flicked a switch and brought up the other figure. 0012.

I went over and tapped on the door, then flicked the switch alongside it.

Chapter Twenty one Urquhart flicked the main switch and she blinked as the room was washed by the harsh overhead light.

Jim walked over to the overhead, placed a transparency on it, and flicked on the lamp switch .

flip

He flipped a switch and the front door opened.

What if you forget to flip the switch reactivating the air bags and then hit another car head on?

MPEG-2 will succeed MPEG-1, but not by flipping a factory switch .

Glover watched light drain out of both him and Paul as if some one had flipped a switch .

The phones were dead until Leese flipped the master switch .

He flew a certain route, flipped the mission switches .

Guy flipped on the power switch and caught up, pacing the other rider for several miles.

hit

As it approached, a guard stepped forward and hit a switch .

On this idea, government should hit the off switch .

I fumbled my way into the living-room and closed the door behind me before hitting the light switch .

Duncan hit the emergency stow switch , next to the indicator with the failed bulb.

press

The driver pressed the switch fully down and the beam became of blinding intensity.

This allowed me to select words from a series of menus on the screen by pressing a switch in my hand.

Lily moved away from him and pressed the switch that plunged the room into darkness.

Her fingers pressed the switches and the lights on the ceiling of the incident room flickered into life.

Bienvida pressed the light switch but the bulb was long used-up and no one had replaced it.

The figure pressed a switch on the wall and the bars of the cage disappeared.

In the test the subjects were required to learn to press a given switch out of four available in response to a given light.

set

Creed dipped a hand into his pocket and set the switch that would charge the Nikon's flash.

The manual for the drive will indicate how to set these switches .

Maximum blade cutting speeds are controlled by a dial set into the trigger switch .

throw

The image of Chantal vanished instantly as though some one had thrown a switch .

The guides lead you into the chamber and throw the switch for the electric lights.

Investigative sources said the cockpit crew probably threw the switches and moved the levers in a hasty effort to correct a problem.

turn

But the moment I turned the switch , it was very bad.

The Viscount ushered us inside, and turned a massive switch set in the wall.

NonimmediateLight a fire, build up the steam, turn on a switch , and a linear system awakens.

There are other kinds of generalized seizures that are basically inhibitory, like briefly turning off a switch .

One consequence is that the viewer watches only what appears at moments when he happens to have time to turn the switch .

Finally she left the room, only to turn off the power switch , which plunged the house into darkness.

Even turning the switch had its analogy.

But it was as if some one turned on a light switch in Franklin.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

asleep at the wheel/switch

One in seven road accidents is caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

reset button/switch

A reset button is also provided, which is pressed if the charging light fails to illuminate.

A reset button may be used to cancel operation and a further pushbutton switch used to trigger the unit at any time.

For security, the reset switch is situated in a secret place and may be key-operated.

Is it possible to list a program after resetting the game with a reset switch? 2.

Simply press the reset button twice and the machine boots up into the diagnostic routine.

You should find that you can change the output states by pressing the appropriate set or reset switch.

the flick of a switch

A flick of a switch and the flashing blue lights and two-tone horns shatter the relative peace of the night.

The flick of a switch can change all this if you install garden lights.

These days about 15 percent of our energy is obtained at the flick of a switch.

throw a switch/handle/lever

He threw a lever and the twin 1500-horsepower engines roared to life.

The image of Chantal vanished instantly as though some one had thrown a switch.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A switch to complete different new foods may cause stomach upsets.

a light switch

His sudden switches of mood are difficult to deal with.

The switch from political activity to family life was hard to handle.

The switch to a free market economy will not be easy.

Where's the power switch ?

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Additional features include an IrDA interface for wireless connection and a locking switch for printer transport.

All other flying leads for the switches and indicators are at low voltage and these can be soldered directly to the p.c.b.

For example, if the price of metal rises too high there may be a switch to plastic.

In a surprise switch , he heads into soft-edged landscape in a fifth work.

Jim walked over to the overhead, placed a transparency on it, and flicked on the lamp switch .

Then, he flicked a switch and stood well back.

There is a board in the reception office, cashier's office and housekeeper's office with a switch in every bedroom.

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