What does the word switch mean?

Usage examples for switch

  1. But I have only to touch this other switch, and I could produce an effect in that room that would rival the famous writing on Belshazzar's wall- only it would be a voice from the wall instead of writing." – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  2. " You act to me as if you liked it," said Abby, with an angry switch like a cat. – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman