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 for toggle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Toggle \Tog"gle\, n. [Cf. Tug.] [Written also toggel.]
     1. (Naut.) A wooden pin tapering toward both ends with a
        groove around its middle, fixed transversely in the eye of
        a rope to be secured to any other loop or bight or ring; a
        kind of button or frog capable of being readily engaged
        and disengaged for temporary purposes.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Mach.) Two rods or plates connected by a toggle joint.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A toggle switch.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Toggle \Tog"gle\, v. t. (Computer programming)
     To change the value of (a program variable) by activating a
     toggle switch; as, to toggle the view from character to
     graphic mode; to toggle the keyboard input from insert to
     overtype mode.
     [PJC]
  
     Toggle iron, a harpoon with a pivoted crosspiece in a
        mortise near the point to prevent it from being drawn out
        when a whale, shark, or other animal, is harpooned.
  
     Toggle joint, an elbow or knee joint, consisting of two
        bars so connected that they may be brought quite or nearly
        into a straight line, and made to produce great endwise
        pressure, when any force is applied to bring them into
        this position.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  toggle
      n 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, toggle, 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)
      v 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"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  80 Moby Thesaurus words for "toggle":
     ankle, articulate, articulation, batten, batten down, bolt,
     boundary, buckle, butt, button, cervix, clasp, cleat, clinch, clip,
     closure, connecting link, connecting rod, connection, coupling,
     deck out, doll up, dovetail, dress up, elbow, embrace, fix up,
     gliding joint, gussy up, hasp, hinge, hinged joint, hip, hitch,
     hook, interface, jam, join, joining, joint, juncture, knee,
     knuckle, latch, link, lock, miter, mortise, nail, neck, peg, pin,
     pivot, pivot joint, rabbet, rivet, scarf, screw, seam, sew,
     shoulder, skewer, slick, smarten up, snap, spiff, spruce up,
     staple, stick, stitch, suture, symphysis, tack, tie rod,
     toggle joint, union, wedge, weld, wrist, zipper
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  toggle
   vt.
  
      To change a bit from whatever state it is in to the other state; to
      change from 1 to 0 or from 0 to
  
      1. This comes from ?toggle switches?, such as standard light switches,
      though the word toggle actually refers to the mechanism that keeps the
      switch in the position to which it is flipped rather than to the fact that
      the switch has two positions. There are four things you can do to a bit:
      set it (force it to be 1), clear (or zero) it, leave it alone, or toggle
      it. (Mathematically, one would say that there are four distinct
      boolean-valued functions of one boolean argument, but saying that is much
      less fun than talking about toggling bits.)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  toggle
  
     To change a bit from whatever state it is in to the other
     state; to change from 1 to 0 or from 0 to 1.  This comes from
     "toggle switches", such as standard light switches, though the
     word "toggle" actually refers to the mechanism that keeps the
     switch in the position to which it is flipped rather than to
     the fact that the switch has two positions.  There are four
     things you can do to a bit: set it (force it to be 1), clear
     (or zero) it, leave it alone, or toggle it.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-12-12)
  

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