I wonder whether there is a symbol of a sort of multi-way switch in circuitikz. That is to say a switch like the "spdt" (single-pole-double-throw), but with more switching positions. I need something like nine positions for the following circuit.

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    May 6, 2015 at 7:51
  • The term you are looking for is a rotary switch. You can draw the above using standard circuitikz and tikz elments. You don't really need a new component, unless you intend to use a lot of them. May 6, 2015 at 15:51

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This is one possible solution where for repeated nodes generation and wire connections, several foreach commands are used. A style called dot with two arguments is defined for the rotary switch so that an internal label is added for ease of wiring. #1 = locations, #2 = label.

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\tikzset{dot/.style args={#1#2}{decoration={
  markings,  mark=at position #1 with 
  {\draw[thin,black,fill=white] circle (1pt)coordinate(#2){};}}

% black dots on the left
\path [postaction={decorate,decoration={markings,
 mark=between positions 0 and 1 step 0.125 with 
{\draw[thin,black,fill=black] circle (1pt);}}}] (0,1) -- (0,-1);

% rotary switch on the right
\foreach \p/\l in{0/1,0.125/2,0.25/3,0.375/4,0.5/5,
\path [dot={\p}{a\l}] (1,0.5) to [out=180, in=180,looseness=1.5] (1,-0.5);

% pointer
\draw[->,red] (1,0) -- (0.65,0.15);  
\draw (1,0) to[short,*-o] (1.5,0)node(a){};
\draw(-0.5,1)node[below]{\tiny +}to[short,o-] (0,1);

% wires
\foreach \x\y in {1/1,0.75/2,0.5/3,0.25/4,0/5,
-0.25/6,-0.5/7,-0.75/8,-1/9} {
\draw[] (0,\x) --++(0.5,0) -- (a\y);
\draw(-0.5,-1)node[below]{\tiny $-$} to[short,o-] (0,-1);

\draw (0,1)--(0,-1);
\foreach \y in {0.875,0.625,0.375,0.125,-0.125,-0.375,-0.625,-0.875}{
\draw[gray] (-2pt,\y)--(2pt,\y);

% neutral wire
\draw (0,0) --(-0.8,0) --(-0.8,-1.5) to[short,-o](1.5,-1.5)node(b){};
\draw[->]  (a) --node[right](){\tiny Vac} (b);

% To remove the  overwriting lines
\foreach \p/\l in{0/1,0.125/2,0.25/3,0.375/4,0.5/5,
\path [dot={\p}{a\l}] (1,0.5) to [out=180, in=180,looseness=1.5] (1,-0.5);



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