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  • v. to turn a switch to the "on" position in order to start or enable a device
  • v. to change one's expression or appearance as if by turning a switch

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to operate by flipping a switch


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  • Scotty flicked a switch on the arm of his chair and said sternly, Captain Pilenna, this is Commander Scott.


  • Resveratrol was found to switch on genes that aid DNA repair and extend life, while switching off disease-promoting genes, thus slowing the rate of disease and aging in mammals.

    The Truth About Beauty

  • Pattie flipped the switch on her wrist-lamp, tinting her surroundings a washed-out purple.


  • His friends had dropped him behind the defensive ditch, so the only thing that was stopping him from flipping the switch on the beacon was the pain that threatened to overwhelm his senses.

    The False Mirror

  • Resolved, that the committee of roads and internal navigation enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill authorizing the construction of a turnpike road from the New river White sulphur springs in Giles county to Vicker's switch on the Virginia and Tennessee rail road, on the joint stock principle.

    Journal of the House of Delegates of the State of Virginia, for the Extra Session, 1861.

  • Later that evening, I switch on Wolf Blitzer and hisSituation Room: Up first this hour, a new and dramatic call for a pause, a pause in the warfare here in the Middle East.

    A Billion Lives

  • I think one of the reasons that Gordon Allen may have a problem on a statewide basis is because of his switch on the ERA vote.

    Oral History Interview with H. M. Michaux, November 20, 1974. Interview A-0135. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • He reached forward to toggle a switch on his desk-telephone, and said into the instrument, "Miss Rand, would you please bring me a copy of the Russell will?"

    Locked Rooms

  • Costas flipped a switch on the control panel in front of him and pulled out the power cord from the ice-borer.

    Crusader Gold

  • Groping through the gloom, she located the familiar shape of a switch on the wall.

    Mistress For A Weekend


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