Safety switch(Railways), a form of switch contrived to prevent or lessen the danger of derailment of trains.Switch back(Railways), an arrangement of tracks whereby elevations otherwise insurmountable are passed. The track ascends by a series of zigzags, the engine running alternately forward and back, until the summit is reached.Switch board(Elec.), a collection of switches in one piece of apparatus, so arranged that a number of circuits may be connected or combined in any desired manner.Switch grass. (Bot.) See under Grass.

(Switch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Switched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Switching.]

1. To strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip. Chapman.

2. To swing or whisk; as, to switch a cane.

(Swi"ple) n. [See Swipe.] That part of a flail which strikes the grain in thrashing; a swingel. [Written also swipel, and swipple.]

(Swip"per) a. [From AS. swipian to whip, shake, whirl; akin to swapan to sweep. See Swoop.] Nimble; quick. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Slang]

(Swirl) v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Swirled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swirling.] [Akin to Norw. svirla to whirl, freq. of sverra to whirl, Dan. svirre, G. schwirren to whiz, to buzz. &radic177. See Swarm, n.] To whirl, or cause to whirl, as in an eddy. "The river swirled along." C. Kingsley.

(Swirl), n. A whirling motion; an eddy, as of water; a whirl. "The silent swirl of bats." Mrs. Browning.

(Swish) v. t. [From the sound. Cf. Swash.]

1. To flourish, so as to make the sound swish. Coleridge.

2. To flog; to lash. [Slang] Thackeray.

(Swish), v. i. To dash; to swash.

(Swish), n.

1. A sound of quick movement, as of something whirled through the air. [Colloq.]

2. (Naut.) Light driven spray. [Eng.]

(Swiss) n.sing. & pl. [F. Suisse, of German origin. Cf. Switzer.] A native or inhabitant of Switzerland; a Switzer; the people of Switzerland.

(Swiss), a. Of or pertaining to Switzerland, or the people of Switzerland.

(Switch) n. [Cf. OD. swick a scourage, a whip. Cf. Swink, Swing.]

1. A small, flexible twig or rod.

Mauritania, on the fifth medal, leads a horse with something like a thread; in her other hand she holds a switch.

2. (Railways) A movable part of a rail; or of opposite rails, for transferring cars from one track to another.

3. A separate mass or trees of hair, or of some substance (at jute) made to resemble hair, worn on the head by women.

4. (Elec.) A mechanical device for shifting an electric current to another circuit.

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