Bridge vs Switch - What's the difference?

bridge | switch |

As a noun switch is

a device to turn electric current on]] and [[turn off|off or direct its flow.

As a verb switch is

to exchange.

As an adjective switch is

(snowboarding) riding with their opposite foot forward from their natural position bbc sport, [http://wwwbbccouk/sport/0/winter-olympics/26141070 "sochi 2014: a jargon-busting guide to the halfpipe"], 11 february 2014 .



Alternative forms

* bridg (obsolete)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) brigge, from (etyl) . The verb is from (etyl) briggen, from (etyl) ).


(en noun)
  • A construction or natural feature that spans a divide.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: or anon we shot into a clearing, with a colored glimpse of the lake and its curving shore far below us.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=28, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= High and wet , passage=Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges , hotels and even whole villages. Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.}}
  • # (senseid)(label) The upper bony ridge of the human nose.
  • # (label) A prosthesis replacing one or several adjacent teeth.
  • # (bowling) The gap between the holes on a bowling ball
  • An arch or superstructure.
  • # (label) An elevated platform above the upper deck of a mechanically propelled ship from which it is navigated and from which all activities on deck can be seen and controlled by the captain, etc; smaller ships have a wheelhouse, and sailing ships were controlled from a quarterdeck.
  • # (label) The piece, on string instruments, that supports the strings from the sounding board.
  • # A particular form of one hand placed on the table to support the cue when making a shot in cue sports.
  • # A cue modified with a convex arch-shaped notched head attached to the narrow end, used to support a player's (shooter's) cue for extended or tedious shots. Also called a spider.
  • # Anything supported at the ends and serving to keep some other thing from resting upon the object spanned, as in engraving, watchmaking, etc., or which forms a platform or staging over which something passes or is conveyed.
  • # (label) A defensive position in which the wrestler is supported by his feet and head, belly-up, in order to prevent touch-down of the shoulders and eventually to dislodge an opponent who has established a position on top.
  • A connection, real or abstract.
  • # (label) A rudimentary procedure before definite solution
  • # (label) A device which connects two or more computer buses, typically in a transparent manner.
  • # (label) A system which connects two or more local area networks at layer 2.
  • # (label) An intramolecular valence bond, atom or chain of atoms that connects two different parts of a molecule; the atoms so connected being bridgeheads.
  • # (label) An unintended solder connection between two or more components or pins.
  • # (label) A song contained within another song, often demarcated by meter, key, or melody.
  • # (label) An edge which, if removed, changes a connected graph to one that is not connected.
  • # (label) A point in a line where a break in a word unit cannot occur.
  • # (label) A statement, such as an offer, that signals a possibility of accord.
  • (label) Any of several electrical devices that measure characteristics such as impedance and inductance by balancing different parts of a circuit
  • A low wall or vertical partition in the fire chamber of a furnace, for deflecting flame, etc.; a bridge wall.
  • A solid crust of undissolved salt in a water softener.
  • Derived terms
    * Bailey bridge * bridge loan * bridge mount * bridge the gap * bridge over troubled waters * cross that bridge when one comes to it * drawbridge * footbridge * ice bridge * Kelvin bridge * land bridge * low bridge * Maryland bridge * Schering bridge * suspension bridge * swing bridge, swingbridge * water under the bridge * Wheatstone bridge * Wien bridge


  • To be or make a bridge over something.
  • With enough cable, we can bridge this gorge.
  • To span as if with a bridge.
  • The two groups were able to bridge their differences.
  • (music) To transition from one piece or section of music to another without stopping.
  • We need to bridge that jam into "The Eleven".
  • (computing, communication) To connect two or more computer buses, networks etc. with a bridge.
  • (wrestling) To go to the bridge position.
  • Etymology 2

    Name of an older card game biritch , probably (etyl) , "one-three". "bridge." *OED 2nd edition. 1989. (online) "bridge." Online Etymology Dictionary. 2008.


  • (card games) A card game played with four players playing as two teams of two players each.
  • Bidding is an essential element of the game bridge .



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  • A device to turn electric current on]] and [[turn off, off or direct its flow.
  • A change.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 19 , author=Jonathan Stevenson , title=Leeds 1 - 3 Arsenal , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Wenger sent on Cesc Fabregas and Van Persie to try to finish Leeds off and with 14 minutes left the switch paid off as the Spaniard sent Bendtner away down the right and his wonderful curling cross was headed in by Van Persie at the far post. }}
  • (rail transport, US) A movable section of railroad track which allows the train to be directed down one of two destination tracks; point.
  • A slender woody plant stem used as a whip; a thin, flexible rod, associated with corporal punishment in the United States.
  • * 2007 , Jeffrey W. Hamilton, Raising Godly Children in a Wicked World ,, page 15:
  • "A proper switch is a slim, flexible branch off a tree or a bush. A switch applied to the buttocks stings fiercely. It may leave red marks or bruises, but it causes no lasting damage. ."
  • (computer science) A command line notation allowing specification of optional behavior.
  • Use the /b switch to specify black-and-white printing.
  • (computing, programming) A programming construct that takes different actions depending on the value of an expression.
  • * 2004', "Curt", ''Can I use IF statements, and still use '''switches ?'' (on newsgroup ''microsoft.public.word.mailmerge.fields )
  • (computing, networking) 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.
  • (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.
  • (BDSM) One who is willing to take either a sadistic or a masochistic role.
  • * 2012 , Terri-Jean Bedford, Bondage Bungalow Fantasies (page 99)
  • Ideally, if one of your ladies happens to be a switch (or would be willing to switch for this scene), I would love to be able to inflict a little "revenge tickling" as well, as part of a scenario.
  • A separate mass or tress of hair, or of some substance (such as jute) made to resemble hair, formerly worn on the head by women.
  • Synonyms

    * (section of railroad track) (UK ) points * (whip) crop * (command-line notation) flag, option, specifier

    Derived terms

    * asleep at the switch * dipswitch * light switch * railway switch * switchback * switchblade * switchboard * switcheroo * switchout


  • To exchange.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=13 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) , title= Ideas coming down the track , passage=A “moving platform” scheme
  • To change (something) to the specified state using a switch.
  • To whip or hit with a switch.
  • * 1899 , (Joseph Conrad),
  • They were looking on the ground, absorbed in thought. The manager was switching his leg with a slender twig: his sagacious relative lifted his head.
  • To change places, tasks, etc.
  • (slang) To get angry suddenly; to quickly or unreasonably become enraged.
  • To swing or whisk.
  • to switch a cane
  • To be swung or whisked.
  • The angry cat's tail switched back and forth.
  • To trim.
  • to switch a hedge
  • 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
  • (ecclesiastical) To shift to another circuit.
  • Adjective

  • (snowboarding) riding with their opposite foot forward from their natural position. BBC Sport, "Sochi 2014: A jargon-busting guide to the halfpipe", 11 February 2014
  • Coordinate terms

    (snowboarding) * goofy * regular

    See also

    * switch off * switch on