from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A central system of switches and other equipment that establishes connections between individual telephones. Also called switchboard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any equipment that establishes connections between telephones
- n. the building housing such equipment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a central office in which the wires of any two telephones or telephone stations may be connected to permit conversation.
- A central office in which the wires of telephones from local subscribers may be connected by switches to other local telephones or to long-distance lines, to permit transmission of conversation or data.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
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In the days before fully automated telephone exchange systems, this meant that Janet had to connect long distance from El Lago to Clear Lake.
The Junkers had taken the telephone exchange on the Morskaya and the Bolsheviki had surrounded them.
So we will do no more than allude to the failure to blow up the telephone exchange at Rastenburg; the hesitation and scruples of the plotters waiting in the Bendlerstrasse; the failure to shoot Fromm and Renier, and to deploy the "loyal" (i.e., disloyal)
That’s a fancier way of saying “555,” which is a fictional telephone exchange used only in movies and tv shows so people in the audience won’t start calling the characters and bugging a real person, a la “Jenny” from that old Tommy Tutone song.