Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) any instruction that works first one way and then the other; it turns something on the first time it is used and then turns it off the next time
  2. (noun, artifact) a hinged switch that can assume either of two positions
  3. (noun, artifact) a fastener consisting of a peg or pin or crosspiece that is inserted into an eye at the end of a rope or a chain or a cable in order to fasten it to something (as another rope or chain or cable)
  4. (verb, possession) provide with a toggle or toggles
  5. (verb, contact) fasten with, or as if with, a toggle
  6. (verb, contact) release by a toggle switch

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Toggle

  1. 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. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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