AskDefine | Define toggle

Dictionary Definition



1 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 a hinged switch that can assume either of two positions [syn: toggle switch, on-off switch, on/off switch]
3 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)


1 provide with a toggle or toggles
2 fasten with, or as if with, a toggle
3 release by a toggle switch; "toggle a bomb from an airplane"

User Contributed Dictionary




  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
    You can toggle between available languages using this drop-down list.



  1. a switch that can assume either of two positions; an on/off switch.
  2. A wooden or metal pin, short rod, crosspiece or similar used for securing a loop in a rope or chain, etc. (often temporarily) to another, e.g. a sea painter to a lifeboat. (FM 55-501)


Extensive Definition

Toggle may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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