Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To allay the sorrow or grief of. See Synonyms at comfort.
  • n. A cabinet for a radio, television set, or phonograph, designed to stand on the floor.
  • n. A small freestanding storage cabinet.
  • n. Music The desklike part of an organ that contains the keyboard, stops, and pedals.
  • n. A central control panel for a mechanical, electrical, or electronic system.
  • n. An instrument panel.
  • n. The portion of a computer or peripheral that houses the apparatus used to operate the machine manually and provides a means of communication between the computer operator and the central processing unit, often in the form of a keyboard.
  • n. A small storage compartment mounted between bucket seats in an automobile.
  • n. An often scroll-shaped bracket used for decoration or for supporting a projecting member, such as a cornice or shelf.
  • n. A console table.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cheer in distress or depression; to alleviate the grief and raise the spirits of; to relieve; to comfort; to soothe.
  • n.
  • n. A bracket whose projection is not more than half its height.
  • n. Any small bracket; also, a console table.
  • n. The keyboard and monitor of a computer considered together.
  • n. 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.
  • n. the desklike controlling unit of an organ containing the keyboard, pedals, stops, etc. by means of which the organ is played.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To alleviate the grief, despondency, or other mental distress of; comfort; cheer; soothe; solace; encourage.
  • Synonyms To cheer, encourage.
  • n. In architecture, a bracket or corbel of any kind, especially in the classical and Renaissance styles; an ancon.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A bracket on a wall, for supporting machinery of any kind, as a hydraulic motor.
  • n. In organ-building, the desk in which the keyboards and stop-action are contained and before which the player sits.

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

  • n. housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
  • v. give moral or emotional strength to
  • n. a small table fixed to a wall or designed to stand against a wall
  • n. an ornamental scroll-shaped bracket (especially one used to support a wall fixture)
  • n. 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)

Etymologies

French consoler, from Old French, from Latin cōnsōlārī : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + sōlārī, to comfort.
French, perhaps short for consolider, to strengthen, from Latin cōnsolidāre; see consolidate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French console ("a bracket") (Wiktionary)
From French consoler, from Latin consolari ("offer solace") (Wiktionary)

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