Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In electricity, a form of switch in which the circuit is closed by the insertion of a metallic strip pivoted, like a knife-blade, between metallic clips or springs.

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Examples

  • Another throw of the knife-switch, and Tawnos yelped.

    The Brothers' War

  • "Because if you don't, I'll have to zap you randomly just to keep up appearances," she said, and threw the knife-switch again.

    The Brothers' War

  •     Another throw of the knife-switch, and Tawnos yelped.

    The Brothers' War

  •     "Because if you don't, I'll have to zap you randomly just to keep up appearances," she said, and threw the knife-switch again.

    The Brothers' War

  • It had died down, and, though the young millionaire made contact after contact with the copper knife-switch, there was no response.

    Dick Hamilton's Airship, or, a Young Millionaire in the Clouds

  • With a final supreme effort he threw himself on the floor just as the knife-switch swung into position and the wicked blue flame of death leaped across the head electrodes.

    The Master Mystery

  • Stepping around a partition that separated the knife-switch from the room in which stood the electric chair, Balcom watched.

    The Master Mystery

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