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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Switchback a term applied to a zigzagging, alternate back-and-forward mode of progression up a slope
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. swick, a whip.


In literature:

We struck at last into a straight piece of trail, ending in a wall of granite, and up this the trail climbed in a switchback.
"Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
It looked something like a switchback railway, only that while the incline varied, all the undulations ran down hill.
"The Girl From Keller's" by Harold Bindloss
The yellow, glaring lights dipped for the last time into a switchback curve.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
When we came in here I ran surveys all around the old fellow, switchbacks and everything.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
The switchback railway was a source of infinite amusement, and a great deal of time was spent on it.
"The Wallypug in London" by G. E. Farrow
I don't know a better cure than a gallop or a switchback in a sleigh.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
No motor can climb up and down the steep switchback to the Arroyo Hondo of the Bridge.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
Staying high, he followed it until he reached a great switchback curve.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
Above the roundhouse there is a switchback.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman
The yellow, glaring lights dipped for the last time into a switchback curve.
"The Dealings of Captain Sharkey" by A. Conan Doyle
Tobogganing isn't easier: the switchback railway isn't more pleasant.
"The Ivory Gate, a new edition" by Walter Besant
The track led through open forest, skirting the scrub, and if there was ever a better imitation of a switchback, I want to know!
"From Chart House to Bush Hut" by Charles W. L. Bryde
Granite Park Chalets to the Going-to-the-Sun Highway (5,200) meeting it 2 miles above the switchback, 4 miles.
"Glacier National Park [Montana]" by United States Dept. of the Interior
A nightmare of apprehension pursued Ruxton over the switchback Oxford road.
"The Men Who Wrought" by Ridgwell Cullum
Then Joe learned what a Rocky Mountain switchback is.
"Boy Scouts in Glacier Park" by Walter Prichard Eaton
I remember once driving with my father in the Fife country, where the roads resemble switchback railways more than Christian highways.
"Ladies in the Field"
The ascent was made by means of zigzag tracks on the so-called switchback principle.
"The Modern Railroad" by Edward Hungerford
Crossing the river just above the falls, the trail climbs abruptly 700 feet by switchbacks.
"Guide to Yosemite" by Ansel Hall
I suppose you noticed that serrated line of mountains over which the eternal switchback runs?
"The Wiles of the Wicked" by William Le Queux
It provides a thrill like a switchback railway.
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

In news:

This trail alternates between ascents and descents, giving you short breaks for air between thigh-busting sessions of switchbacks.
An update on SwitchBack .
Switchback celebrates anniversary with team building excursions.
Switchback president and owner, Brinn Talbot, and account coordinator Jackie Stoesser work out with Stand Up 4 Fitness during a Tahoe Truckee team building week.
The bike that caught my eye was the Dyna Switchback FLD.
103.5 WIMZ along with Cheerwine, Hooters and Colboch Harley Davidson are giving you a chance to win a brand new Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback .
Switchback 1987 With Stu Jeffries.
2012 Harley-Davidson Switchback First Ride.
Artist / Band: Switchback .
Hike O' The Month: Switchback Trail, Klahhane Ridge.
Open comments and an Operation Switchback update.
Vance & Hines Switchback Twin Slash Duals.
Designed exclusively for the new Dyna Switchback, Vance & Hines introduces Switchback Monster Duals, a complete exhaust system that brings the classic look of true duals to the Switchback, paired with Monster Round slip-on mufflers.
Polaris Industries unveiled the 2005 900 SwitchBack on Dec 1.
From total n00b to reasonably-skilled rider in just 72 hours: Peter Rubin conquers a switchback.