Word of the Day: Toggle



1. a device for fastening sewn to one side of a garment allowing passage through a hole or loop on the other side,

They make harpoons for hunting fish, pins for sewing up leather shoes, toggles for their fur-lined leather `parka’ coats.” – John Lewis, reporting on hunter-gatherer life after the Ice Age in southern Britain.

2. computing, a switch, key, or command that goes back and forth between two modes or operations,


1. to fasten, pull together two parts of an object or a garment,

2. to change direction or focus; to switch back and forth between one operation or feature to another.

The fewer ‘switches,’ the better. Time and attention are lost each time you toggle between activities.” – David Myer, cognitive neuroscience specialist.