Toggle meaning

tŏg'əl
Toggle is defined as to go back and forth between two choices.

An example of toggle is moving the switch on a light switch up or down to turn the lights on or off.

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A pin, rod, or crosspiece fitted or inserted into a loop in a rope, chain, or strap to prevent slipping, to tighten, or to hold an attached object.
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The definition of a toggle is a rod, bolt or pin that's put through the hole of a chain or rope to fasten or tighten.

An example of a toggle is a rod and circle clasp of a necklace.

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A device or an apparatus with a toggle joint.
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To furnish or fasten with a toggle.
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To alternate between two or more electronic, mechanical, or computer-related options, usually by the operation of a single switch or keystroke.

Toggled back and forth between two windows on the screen.

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A pin, rod, etc. for insertion between the strands or through a loop of a rope, through a link of a chain, etc. to make an attachment, prevent slipping, or facilitate tightening or twisting.
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A toggle joint or a device having one.
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A key or command for switching between two settings or options, typically on and off.
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To provide or fasten with a toggle or toggles.
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To switch or alternate between two settings, conditions, functions, etc. by means of a toggle.
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To alternate back and forth between two states by pressing or clicking the same button. For example, the "Last" button on a TV remote control alternates between the last two TV channels selected. In Windows, pressing Alt-Tab switches the user between the last two open application windows that were selected. See toggle switch.
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(nautical) A wooden or metal pin, short rod, crosspiece or similar, fixed transversely in the eye of a rope or chain to be secured to any other loop, ring, or bight, e.g. a sea painter to a lifeboat.
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(in particular, fashion) A rod-shaped button bound with slack to the fabric.
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A toggle switch.
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(Scouting) A circle of leather, plastic (Cub Scouts) etc, resembling a napkin holder to keep the neckerchief in place.
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A horizontal piece of wood that is placed on a door, flat, or other wooden structure, but is not on one of the edges of the structure.
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To alternate between two positions using a single switch or lever.

Clicking a button will alternately toggle its light on OR off.

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To switch between alternate states.

Toggle to lower/upper case.

You can quickly toggle the case of selected text by pressing Shift+C.

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Origin of toggle

  • Origin unknown
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Of uncertain origin. Possible alteration of tug (“to pull") +"Ž -le
    From Wiktionary