AskDefine | Define switchback

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A zigzag path or road on a steep hill.
  2. A hairpin bend.
  3. (dated?) A roller coaster.


  1. In the context of "of a path etc": To zigzag.

Extensive Definition

wikt Switchback Switchback may refer to:
  • (primarily in American English) a road or trail joined by hairpin bends
  • (primarily in British English) a roller coaster, or a roller coaster-like road (for the latter, see also in article on hairpin bend)
  • a railway zig zag, or a railway with high ascents and descents
  • "Switchback" a song by Celldweller

Other uses

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

L, branch, cable railway, chevron, cog railway, crankiness, crookedness, dogleg, el, electric railway, elevated, elevated railway, embankment, feeder, feeder line, flexuosity, gravity-operated railway, hairpin, horse railway, junction, light railroad, line, main line, metro, monorail, rack railway, rack-and-pinion railway, rail, rail line, railroad, railway, roadbed, roadway, sidetrack, siding, street railway, streetcar line, subway, terminal, terminus, track, tram, tramline, trestle, trolley line, trunk, trunk line, tube, turnout, underground, zag, zig, zigzag, zigzaggery
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