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Whip vs. Switch

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Whipnoun

A lash; a pliant, flexible instrument, such as a rod (commonly of cane or rattan) or a plaited or braided rope or thong (commonly of leather) used to create a sharp "crack" sound for directing or herding animals.

‘I had to use the whip to get the sheep's attention.’;

Switchnoun

A device to turn electric current on and off or direct its flow.

Whipnoun

The same instrument used to strike a person or animal for corporal punishment or torture.

‘Once he ran out of appeals, he knew he would soon feel the sting of the whip.’;

Switchnoun

A change.

Whipnoun

(hunting) A whipper-in.

Switchnoun

A movable section of railroad track which allows the train to be directed down one of two destination tracks; point.

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Whipnoun

(politics) A member of a political party who is in charge of enforcing the party's policies in votes.

‘I was going to vote against the bill, but the party whip came to see me and made it clear I needed to vote for it.’;

Switchnoun

A slender woody plant stem used as a whip; a thin, flexible rod, associated with corporal punishment in the United States.

Whipnoun

A document distributed weekly to MPs by party whips informing them of upcoming votes in parliament.

Switchnoun

(computer science) A command line notation allowing specification of optional behavior.

‘Use the /b switch to specify black-and-white printing.’;

Whipnoun

Whipped cream.

‘Did you want to add some whip to your coffee, ma'am?’;

Switchnoun

A programming construct that takes different actions depending on the value of an expression.

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Whipnoun

(nautical) A purchase in which one block is used to gain a 2:1 mechanical advantage.

Switchnoun

A networking device connecting multiple wires, allowing them to communicate simultaneously, when possible. Compare to the less efficient hub device that solely duplicates network packets to each wire.

Whipnoun

(African American Vernacular English) A mode of personal motorized transportation; an automobile, all makes and models including motorcycles, excluding public transportation.

‘Come on, let's take my whip so we can get there in time.’;

Switchnoun

(telecommunication) A system of specialized relays, computer hardware, or other equipment which allows the interconnection of a calling party's telephone line with any called party's line.

Whipnoun

(roller derby) A move in which one player transfers momentum to another.

Switchnoun

(BDSM) One who is willing to take either a submissive or a dominant role in a sexual relationship.

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Whipnoun

A whipping motion; a thrashing about.

‘I was startled by the whip of the rope when it finally snapped.’;

Switchverb

(transitive) To exchange.

‘I want to switch this red dress for a green one.’;

Whipnoun

The quality of being whiplike or flexible; suppleness, as of the shaft of a golf club.

Switchverb

(transitive) To change (something) to the specified state using a switch.

‘Switch the light on.’;

Whipnoun

Any of various pieces that operate with a quick vibratory motion

Switchverb

(transitive) To whip or hit with a switch.

Whipnoun

A spring in certain electrical devices for making a circuit

Switchverb

(intransitive) To change places, tasks, etc.

‘I want to switch to a different seat.’;

Whipnoun

(music) A wippen, a rocking component in certain piano actions.

Switchverb

To get angry suddenly; to quickly or unreasonably become enraged.

Whipverb

(transitive) To hit with a whip.

‘The rider whipped the horse.’;

Switchverb

To swing or whisk.

‘to switch a cane’;

Whipverb

To hit with any flexible object.

‘I whipped her with a newspaper.’;

Switchverb

To be swung or whisked.

‘The angry cat's tail switched back and forth.’;

Whipverb

To defeat, as in a contest or game.

Switchverb

To trim.

‘to switch a hedge’;

Whipverb

(transitive) To mix in a rapid aerating fashion, especially food.

‘to whip eggs or cream’;

Switchverb

To turn from one railway track to another; to transfer by a switch; generally with off, from, etc.

‘to switch off a train; to switch a car from one track to another’;

Whipverb

(transitive) To urge into action.

‘He whipped the department into shape.’;

Switchverb

(ecclesiastical) To shift to another circuit.

Whipverb

To bind the end of a rope with twine or other small stuff to prevent its unlaying: fraying or unravelling.

Switchadjective

(snowboarding) Pertaining to riding with the front and back feet swapped round compared to one's normal position.

Whipverb

To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.

Switchadjective

Pertaining to skiing backwards.

Whipverb

To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread.

‘to whip a ruffle’;

Switchnoun

A small, flexible twig or rod.

‘Mauritania, on the fifth medal, leads a horse with something like a thread; in her other hand she holds a switch.’;

Whipverb

(transitive) To throw or kick an object at a high velocity.

Switchnoun

A movable part of a rail; or of opposite rails, for transferring cars from one track to another.

Whipverb

(transitive) To fish a body of water especially by making repeated casts.

Switchnoun

A separate mass or trees of hair, or of some substance (at jute) made to resemble hair, worn on the head by women.

Whipverb

(intransitive) To snap back and forth like a whip.

Switchnoun

A device for shifting an electric current to another circuit, or for making and breaking a circuit.

Whipverb

(intransitive) To move very fast.

Switchverb

To strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip.

Whipverb

(transitive) To move (something) very fast; often with up, out, etc.

Switchverb

To swing or whisk; as, to switch a cane.

Whipverb

To transfer momentum from one skater to another.

Switchverb

To trim, as, a hedge.

Whipverb

(figurative) To lash with sarcasm, abuse, etc.

Switchverb

To turn from one railway track to another; to transfer by a switch; - generally with off, from, etc.; as, to switch off a train; to switch a car from one track to another.

Whipverb

To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking.

‘to whip wheat’;

Switchverb

To shift to another circuit.

Whipverb

To strike with a lash, a cord, a rod, or anything slender and lithe; to lash; to beat; as, to whip a horse, or a carpet.

Switchverb

To walk with a jerk.

Whipverb

To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top.

Switchnoun

control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit

Whipverb

To punish with a whip, scourge, or rod; to flog; to beat; as, to whip a vagrant; to whip one with thirty nine lashes; to whip a perverse boy.

‘Who, for false quantities, was whipped at school.’;

Switchnoun

an event in which one thing is substituted for another;

‘the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood’;

Whipverb

To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to.

‘They would whip me with their fine wits.’;

Switchnoun

hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure

Whipverb

To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip wheat.

Switchnoun

railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock

Whipverb

To beat (eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like.

Switchnoun

a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment

Whipverb

To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass.

Switchnoun

a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other

Whipverb

To overlay (a cord, rope, or the like) with other cords going round and round it; to overcast, as the edge of a seam; to wrap; - often with about, around, or over.

‘Its string is firmly whipped about with small gut.’;

Switchnoun

the act of changing one thing or position for another;

‘his switch on abortion cost him the election’;

Whipverb

To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread; as, to whip a ruffle.

‘In half-whipped muslin needles useless lie.’;

Switchverb

change over, change around, or switch over

Whipverb

To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; - with into, out, up, off, and the like.

‘She, in a hurry, whips up her darling under her arm.’; ‘He whips out his pocketbook every moment, and writes descriptions of everything he sees.’;

Switchverb

exchange or give (something) in exchange for

Whipverb

To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.

Switchverb

lay aside, abandon, or leave for another;

‘switch to a different brand of beer’; ‘She switched psychiatrists’; ‘The car changed lanes’;

Whipverb

To fish (a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip.

‘Whipping their rough surface for a trout.’;

Switchverb

make a shift in or exchange of;

‘First Joe led; then we switched’;

Whipverb

To move nimbly; to start or turn suddenly and do something; to whisk; as, he whipped around the corner.

‘With speed from thence he whipped.’; ‘Two friends, traveling, met a bear upon the way; the one whips up a tree, and the other throws himself flat upon the ground.’;

Switchverb

cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation;

‘switch on the light’; ‘throw the lever’;

Whipnoun

An instrument or driving horses or other animals, or for correction, consisting usually of a lash attached to a handle, or of a handle and lash so combined as to form a flexible rod.

‘In his right hand he holds a whip, with which he is supposed to drive the horses of the sun.’;

Switchverb

flog with or as if with a flexible rod

Whipnoun

A coachman; a driver of a carriage; as, a good whip.

Switchverb

reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Whipnoun

One of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread.

Switchnoun

a device for making and breaking the connection in an electric circuit

‘the guard hit a switch and the gate swung open’;

Whipnoun

A small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies.

Switchnoun

a program variable which activates or deactivates a certain function of a program.

Whipnoun

A huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper-in.

Switchnoun

a device which forwards data packets to an appropriate part of the network.

Whipnoun

A person (as a member of Parliament) appointed to enforce party discipline, and secure the attendance of the members of a Parliament party at any important session, especially when their votes are needed.

Switchnoun

an act of changing to or adopting one thing in place of another

‘his friends were surprised at his switch from newspaper owner to farmer’;

Whipnoun

A whipping motion; a thrashing about; as, the whip of a tense rope or wire which has suddenly parted; also, the quality of being whiplike or flexible; flexibility; suppleness, as of the shaft of a golf club.

Switchnoun

a slender, flexible shoot cut from a tree.

Whipnoun

Any of various pieces that operate with a quick vibratory motion, as a spring in certain electrical devices for making a circuit, or a rocking certain piano actions.

Switchnoun

a set of points on a railway track.

Whipnoun

an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping

Switchnoun

a tress of false or detached hair tied at one end, used in hairdressing to supplement natural hair.

Whipnoun

a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline

Switchverb

change the position, direction, or focus of

‘the company switched the boats to other routes’;

Whipnoun

a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit

Switchverb

adopt (something different) in place of something else; change

‘she worked as a librarian and then switched to journalism’; ‘she's managed to switch careers’;

Whipnoun

(golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club

Switchverb

substitute (two items) for each other; exchange

‘after ten minutes, listener and speaker switch roles’;

Whipnoun

a quick blow with a whip

Switchverb

beat or flick with or as if with a switch.

Whipverb

beat severely with a whip or rod;

‘The teacher often flogged the students’; ‘The children were severely trounced’;

Switch

In electrical engineering, a switch is an electrical component that can disconnect or connect the conducting path in an electrical circuit, interrupting the electric current or diverting it from one conductor to another. The most common type of switch is an electromechanical device consisting of one or more sets of movable electrical contacts connected to external circuits.

Whipverb

defeat thoroughly;

‘He mopped up the floor with his opponents’;

Whipverb

thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash;

‘The tall grass whipped in the wind’;

Whipverb

strike as if by whipping;

‘The curtain whipped her face’;

Whipverb

whip with or as if with a wire whisk;

‘whisk the eggs’;

Whipverb

subject to harsh criticism;

‘The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday’; ‘the professor scaled the students’; ‘your invectives scorched the community’;

Whip

A whip is a tool designed to strike humans or other animals to exert control through pain compliance or fear of pain. They can also be used without inflicting pain, for audiovisual cues, such as in equestrianism.

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