Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A panel under the windshield of a vehicle, containing indicator dials, compartments, and sometimes control instruments.
  • noun A user interface on a computer display that presents constantly updated information, such as processing speed, in a format that resembles the dashboard of a vehicle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A board or leathern apron placed on the fore part of a chaise, gig, or other vehicle, to prevent water, mud, etc., from being thrown upon those in the vehicle by the heels of the horses.
  • noun The float of a paddle-wheel.
  • noun A screen placed at the bow of a steam-launch to throw off the spray; a spray-board.

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

  • noun A board placed on the fore part of a carriage, sleigh, or other vehicle, to intercept water, mud, or snow, thrown up by the heels of the horses; -- in England commonly called splashboard.
  • noun The float of a paddle wheel.
  • noun A screen at the bow af a steam launch to keep off the spray; -- called also sprayboard.
  • noun an instrument panel beneath the front window of a motor vehicle (such as an automobile or truck), containing indicating gauges and dials, such as the speedometer and fuel gauges, and sometimes certain control knobs or other devices.

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

  • noun An upturned screen of wood or leather placed on the front of a horse-drawn carriage, sleigh or other vehicle that protected the driver from mud, debris, water and snow thrown up by the horse's hooves.
  • noun A panel under the windscreen of a motor car or aircraft, containing indicator dials, compartments, and sometimes controls.
  • noun computing, video games A graphical user interface in the form of or resembling a motor car dashboard.
  • verb To organize in a dashboard format.

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

  • noun instrument panel on an automobile or airplane containing dials and controls
  • noun protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From dash (“to sprinkle; to splatter”) +‎ board for meaning 1. Possibly expanded meaning later.

Examples

  • Continuing on the pilot analogy, he pointed out that the term dashboard is used in business to really mean an instrument cluster: display, but no control.

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  • STARR: From her desk or what she calls her dashboard, Jonas monitors everything.

    CNN Transcript Jun 18, 2008

  • The notebook he carries on his dashboard is the fruit of that labor: a treasury of 27 places from the Chesapeake Bay to the Delaware border where he's welcome to hunt.

    The Bird Guys

  • Using WordPress, my main dashboard page loads correctly, but more often than not I get a “page would not load” message every time I try to look at another administrative page (e.g. Blog Stats).

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  • The dashboard is the first panel in your Administration Panels and provides some statistics and information about your WordPress blog activity.

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  • The name dashboard for a car's instrument panel dates back to horse and buggy days.

    The Richmond Register Homepage

  • When all 10 buttons on the call dashboard flicker, he thrusts 10 fingers above his head in triumph.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • When all 10 buttons on the call dashboard flicker, he thrusts 10 fingers above his head in triumph.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • When all 10 buttons on the call dashboard flicker, he thrusts 10 fingers above his head in triumph.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Real-Time Customer Portal & Dashboard: During the call, the host and participants can view the call dashboard online or on the phone display on certain Polycom phones.

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  • Origin: wooden board to catch the mud or water thrown up by the horses pulling a carriage or coach. (According to NPR's Says You)

    March 12, 2011