A switch or other device in which electrical contact is automatically made and broken.
- ‘The hammer type of make-and-break has given very good service.’
- ‘This sounded the death knell for the slow and heavy make-and-breaks.’
- ‘Auto engines had much more horsepower per pound of weight, and though physically larger, they did not weigh much more than the make-and-breaks.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.