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

  • n. A flat, usually rectangular piece forming a raised, recessed, or framed part of the surface in which it is set.
  • n. The space or section in a fence or railing between two posts.
  • n. A vertical section of fabric; a gore.
  • n. A thin wooden board, used as a surface for an oil painting.
  • n. A painting on such a board.
  • n. A board having switches or buttons to control an electric device.
  • n. An instrument panel.
  • n. A section of a telephone switchboard.
  • n. A cartoon drawing in a sequence of cartoons that form a narrative.
  • n. Law The complete list of persons summoned for jury duty.
  • n. Law Those persons selected from this list to compose a jury.
  • n. Law A jury.
  • n. A group of people gathered to plan or discuss an issue, judge a contest, or act as a team on a radio or television quiz program.
  • n. A discussion by such a group.
  • transitive v. To cover or furnish with panels.
  • transitive v. To decorate with panels.
  • transitive v. To separate into panels.
  • transitive v. Law To select or impanel (a jury).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A (usually) rectangular section of a surface, or of a covering or of a wall, fence etc.
  • n. A group of people gathered to judge, interview, discuss etc. as on a television or radio broadcast for example.
  • n. In the comics medium, individual frame or drawing in a multiple-panel sequence
  • v. to fit with panels

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sunken compartment with raised margins, molded or otherwise, as in ceilings, wainscotings, etc.
  • n.
  • n. A piece of parchment or a schedule, containing the names of persons summoned as jurors by the sheriff
  • n. A prisoner arraigned for trial at the bar of a criminal court.
  • n. Any group of persons selected to judge a contest, conduct a discussion, serve as advisers, or participate in any group activity in which they will provide information or make judgments.
  • n. Formerly, a piece of cloth serving as a saddle; hence, a soft pad beneath a saddletree to prevent chafing.
  • n. A board having its edges inserted in the groove of a surrounding frame.
  • n. One of the faces of a hewn stone.
  • n. A slab or plank of wood upon which, instead of canvas, a picture is painted.
  • n.
  • n. A heap of dressed ore.
  • n. One of the districts divided by pillars of extra size, into which a mine is laid off in one system of extracting coal.
  • n. A plain strip or band, as of velvet or plush, placed at intervals lengthwise on the skirt of a dress, for ornament.
  • n. A portion of a framed structure between adjacent posts or struts, as in a bridge truss.
  • n. A segment of an aëroplane wing. In a biplane the outer panel extends from the wing tip to the next row of posts, and is trussed by oblique stay wires.
  • transitive v. To form in or with panels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place a panel or saddlecloth on; saddle.
  • To form with panels; divide into or decorate with panels: as, to panel a wainscot; to panel a dress.
  • To decorate with medallions or spaces of any shape framed and occupied by a design different from that of the rest of the ground.
  • In telegraphy, to arrange in parallel, as wires.
  • n. A piece, especially a rectangular piece, as of cloth, parchment, or wood.
  • n. Formerly, the slip of parchment containing the names of those who were summoned to serve upon a jury; a jury-list. See def. 3.
  • n. In painting, a piece of wood, generally of oak, chestnut, or white poplar, on which a picture is painted as on canvas; also, a picture painted on such a piece of wood. The earliest paintings in oil were generally executed on panels, which were composed of various pieces of wood cemented together.
  • n. A surface or compartment of a surface more or less distinct from others: a term used more especially in architecture and the constructive arts.
  • n. In joinery, a tympanum or thin piece of wood, framed or received in a groove by two upright pieces or styles, and two transverse pieces or rails: as, the panels of doors, window-shutters, etc. See cut under door.
  • n. In masonry, one of the faces of a hewn stone.
  • n. In dress-making, an ornament of a skirt, consisting usually of a broad piece of stuff appliqué, or of embroidery, or the like, making a definite stripe on each side different from the rest of the skirt, leaving part of the original material between.
  • n. In bookbinding, a part of the side depressed below the general surface, or the space on the back between two bands.
  • n. In coal-mining, a separate compartment or area of a coal-seam, divided from the adjacent ones by thick masses or ribs of coal, 40, 50, or even 60 yards wide. Such panels may measure 300 feet or more on a side.
  • n. In law: The persons summoned to sit on a jury.
  • n. The jury selected for the trial of a cause.
  • n. In scots law, the accused person in a criminal action from the time of his appearance.
  • n. The stomach of a hawk.
  • n. Milit., a carriage for the transportation of a mortar and its bed.
  • n. In sporting, a rail in a post-and-rail fence.
  • n. In carpentry, a panel whose longer dimension is horizontal.
  • n.
  • n.
  • n. A heap of dressed ore.

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

  • n. a soft pad placed under a saddle
  • n. a committee appointed to judge a competition
  • n. (law) a group of people summoned for jury service (from whom a jury will be chosen)
  • n. (computer science) a small temporary window in a graphical user interface that appears in order to request information from the user; after the information has been provided the user dismisses the box with `okay' or `cancel'
  • n. sheet that forms a distinct (usually flat and rectangular) section or component of something
  • n. electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices
  • v. decorate with panels
  • n. a group of people gathered for a special purpose as to plan or discuss an issue or judge a contest etc
  • n. a piece of cloth that is generally triangular or tapering; used in making garments or umbrellas or sails
  • v. select from a list


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

Middle English, piece of cloth, from Old French, probably from Vulgar Latin *pannellus, diminutive of Latin pannus, cloth; see pan- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French panel, from Latin pannus.



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