What's correct name of this circuit element — switch or toggle?

line connected to only one side, slanted

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    This seems more a question about circuitry terminology than English. The image does not convey anything useful to those who are not already familiar with the domain. You can improve your question by providing a description of the diagram and giving a sample sentence which illustrates your desired use of "switch" or "toggle".
    – dubious
    Commented Jun 9, 2022 at 9:37
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    "Toggle" implies that the switch latches when operated.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 9, 2022 at 12:37
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    The diagram is clear to those with even a basic scientific or electrical education such as accompanies a basic education in the use of English. The question is clear and a unique answer exists (a switch may select one of many positions whereas a toggle alternates between only two positions). The question therefore should not be closed.
    – Anton
    Commented Jun 15, 2022 at 13:12

2 Answers 2


The name of the symbol is "switch". See BBC Bitesize Electrical Circuit Symbols.


A switch is a circuit element which is intended to connect or disconnect an electric current, so what you show is a switch. In UK usage the word 'switch' is often combined with another word to show what sort of physical switch is meant, so a toggle switch is operated by a lever (as stated by Andrew Leach). In my fifty-plus years of electrical engineering I have not come across 'toggle' on its own in this context.

There are also rocker switches, push switches, tilt switches and many others.

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