from The Century Dictionary.

  • To alleviate the grief, despondency, or other mental distress of; comfort; cheer; soothe; solace; encourage.
  • Synonyms To cheer, encourage.
  • noun In architecture, a bracket or corbel of any kind, especially in the classical and Renaissance styles; an ancon.
  • noun A kind of platform or braeket truss hinged on one side of the rear end of the bore of a breech-loading gun, to support the breech-screw when withdrawn preparatory to loading.
  • noun A bracket on a wall, for supporting machinery of any kind, as a hydraulic motor.
  • noun In organ-building, the desk in which the keyboards and stop-action are contained and before which the player sits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cheer in distress or depression; to alleviate the grief and raise the spirits of; to relieve; to comfort; to soothe.
  • noun A bracket whose projection is not more than half its height.
  • noun Any small bracket; also, a console table.
  • noun (Computers) The keyboard and monitor of a computer considered together.
  • noun (Engineering) The controlling portion of an electrical, electronic, or mechanical device or system, from which the operator may observe the state of the system as indicated by gauges or on some form of display{n3}, and may direct or control the action of the system.
  • noun the desklike controlling unit of an organ containing the keyboard, pedals, stops, etc. by means of which the organ is played.
  • noun a home entertainment device such as a television, radio, phonograph, CD player, or combination of these, designed as a piece of furniture, to stand on the floor rather than on a table or in a separate cabinet; -- also used attributively in the phrase console model.
  • noun a table whose top is supported by two or more consoles instead of legs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To comfort (someone) in a time of grief, disappointment, etc.
  • noun A cabinet designed to stand on the floor, especially one that houses home entertainment equipment, such as a TV or stereo system.
  • noun A cabinet that controls, instruments, and displays are mounted upon.
  • noun The keyboard and screen of a computer or other electronic device.
  • noun A storage tray or container mounted between the seats of an automobile.
  • noun video games A device dedicated to playing video games, set apart from arcade cabinets by its ability to change games.
  • noun architecture An ornamental member jutting out of a wall to carry a superincumbent weight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
  • verb give moral or emotional strength to
  • noun a small table fixed to a wall or designed to stand against a wall
  • noun an ornamental scroll-shaped bracket (especially one used to support a wall fixture)
  • noun a scientific instrument consisting of displays and an input device that an operator can use to monitor and control a system (especially a computer system)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French consoler, from Latin consolari ("offer solace")

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French console ("a bracket")


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