Technology / Computers / Routing Switch: A switch that also performs routing operations. Usually a switch operates at layer 2 (the Data Link layer) of the OSI Reference Model while routers operate at layer 3 (the Network layer). Routing switches, however, perform many of the layer 3 functions usually reserved for routers. And because the routing is implemented in hardware rather than software, it is faster. The downside of routing switches is that they are not as powerful or as flexible as full-fledged routers. Because they perform some layer 3 functions, routing switches are sometimes called layer-3 switches.
Switch Verb Synonyms: twitch, lash, rod, whip, birch (rod), scourge
Switch Adjective Synonyms: twitch, lash, whip, birch, beat, strike, thrash, scourge, flog
Switch Noun Synonyms: change, alteration, exchange, shift, change-over, reversal, deflection, trade, swap or swop
Science / Biology / Prey Switching: The tendency of predators to switch to a more readily available prey when one prey species becomes rare; allows the first prey population to rebound and helps prevent its extinction. MORE
Technology / Cell Phones / Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN): Traditional landline network that mobile wireless systems connect with to complete calls. MORE