toggle-rail

toggle

[tog-uhl]
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.
a.
Also called toggle rail. a wooden batten across the width of a flat, for strengthening the frame.
b.
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:
1760–70; perhaps variant of tackle

toggler, noun
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toggle (ˈtɒɡəl)
 
n
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
 
vb (often foll by between)
5.  (tr) to supply or fasten with a toggle or toggles
6.  computing to switch to a different option, view, application, etc
 
[C18: of unknown origin]
 
'toggler
 
n

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toggle
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.
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