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toggle

[tog-uh l] /ˈtɒg əl/
noun
1.
a pin, bolt, or rod placed transversely through a chain, an eye or loop in a rope, etc., as to bind it temporarily to another chain or rope similarly treated.
2.
a toggle joint, or a device having one.
3.
an ornamental, rod-shaped button for inserting into a large buttonhole, loop, or frog, used especially on sports clothes.
4.
Theater.
  1. Also called toggle rail. a wooden batten across the width of a flat, for strengthening the frame.
  2. Also called toggle iron. a metal device for fastening a toggle rail to a frame.
verb (used with object), toggled, toggling.
5.
to furnish with a toggle.
6.
to bind or fasten with a toggle.
7.
Informal. to turn, twist, or manipulate a toggle switch; dial or turn the switch of (an appliance):
He toggled the TV between the baseball game and the news.
Origin of toggle
1760-1770
1760-70; perhaps variant of tackle
Related forms
toggler, noun
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Examples from the Web for toggle
Historical Examples
  • Its toggle switch was at the “on” position, and it was lying on its side.

    The Untouchable Stephen A. Kallis
  • A handkerchief and toggle, or stick of any kind, is sometimes substituted.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Gliders were casting off their toggle hooks and swooping earthward.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • With a muttered curse, Merrick flipped a toggle and the scene dimmed.

    Turning Point Alfred Coppel
  • As soon as he was below the deck, Christy closed the scuttle, and secured it with the toggle.

    Taken by the Enemy Oliver Optic
  • We will toggle each other on this special question if you like.

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
  • There was a red plastic safety guard over one of the toggle switches.

    Last Resort Stephen Bartholomew
  • The lily-iron is, in principle, exactly what a whaleman would describe by the word “toggle.”

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • It looked just then as though the principal intended to "toggle" him.

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
  • toggle: A pin placed through the bight or eye of a rope to secure it round a stay, mast, etc.

British Dictionary definitions for toggle

toggle

/ˈtɒɡəl/
noun
1.
a wooden peg or metal rod fixed crosswise through an eye at the end of a rope, chain, or cable, for fastening temporarily by insertion through an eye in another rope, chain, etc
2.
a wooden or plastic bar-shaped button inserted through a loop for fastening
3.
a pin inserted into a nautical knot to keep it secure
4.
(machinery) a toggle joint or a device having such a joint
verb
5.
(transitive) to supply or fasten with a toggle or toggles
6.
(computing) (intransitive) often foll by between. to switch to a different option, view, application, etc
Derived Forms
toggler, noun
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for toggle
n.

1769, "short pin passed through the eye of a rope," a nautical word of uncertain origin, perhaps a frequentative form of tog "tug." Meaning "a kind of wall fastener" is recorded from 1934. Toggle bolt is from 1794; toggle switch first attested 1938.

v.

1836, from toggle (n.). Related: Toggled; toggling.

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toggle in Technology


To change a bit from whatever state it is in to the other state; to change from 1 to 0 or from 0 to 1. This comes from "toggle switches", such as standard light switches, though the word "toggle" actually refers to the mechanism that keeps the switch in the position to which it is flipped rather than to the fact that the switch has two positions. There are four things you can do to a bit: set it (force it to be 1), clear (or zero) it, leave it alone, or toggle it.
[Jargon File]
(1994-12-12)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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