Commentary: A piece of equipment that controls the flow of electricity, usually turning something on or off.
There was a light switch on the wall.
Pull the switch, you fool!
I looked for hours, but I couldn't find the machine's 'on' switch.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1
Commentary: SWITCH[+event] The substitution of one thing for another.
The king was replaced by a similar-looking impostor, and nobody noticed the switch.
I made a switch from Folger's to Maxwell House when I realized I couldn't taste the difference.
The politician's switch on abortion cost him the election.
The basketball players executed a switch play to confuse the other team.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 6, 7
Commentary: A hairpiece used by women to give shape to a coiffure.
She was able to give her hair a "beehive" look without using any switches.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3
Commentary: The part of a rail line that puts a train onto another track.
We accidentally changed tracks at the switch and ended up in Canada.
I worked as a switch man at the railroad station.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4
Commentary: A flexible instrument, often a tree branch, used to punish somebody.
Boy, go cut me a switch so I can whip you!
He gave me ten lashings with a switch.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5