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A toggle (sense 1)
A toggle (sense 2)


Of uncertain origin. Possible alteration of tug ‎(to pull) +‎ -le



toggle ‎(plural toggles)

  1. (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.
  2. (in particular, fashion) A rod-shaped button bound with slack to the fabric.
  3. A toggle switch.
  4. (Scouting) A circle of leather, plastic (Cub Scouts) etc, resembling a napkin holder to keep the neckerchief in place.
  5. 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.
  6. (skydiving) A loop of webbing or a dowel affixed to the end of the steering/brake lines of a parachute providing the pilot with a means of control.


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toggle ‎(third-person singular simple present toggles, present participle toggling, simple past and past participle toggled)

  1. to alternate between two positions using a single switch or lever.
    Clicking a button will alternately toggle its light on OR off.
  2. 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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