Meaning of toggle

tog•gle

Pronunciation: (tog'ul), [key]
— n., v., -gled, -gling.
—n.
  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 esp. on sports clothes.
    1. Also calledtog&prim;gle rail&sec;.a wooden batten across the width of a flat, for strengthening the frame.
    2. Also calledtog&prim;gle i&sec;ron.a metal device for fastening a toggle rail to a frame.
—v.t.
  1. to furnish with a toggle.
  2. to bind or fasten with a toggle.
  3. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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