/swich"bak'/, n.
1. a highway, as in a mountainous area, having many hairpin curves.
2. Railroads. a zigzag track arrangement for climbing a steep grade.
3. Brit. See roller coaster.
4. (of a road, railroad track, etc.) to progress through a series of hairpin curves; zigzag: The road switchbacks up the mountain.
[1860-65, Amer.; SWITCH + BACK2]

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