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instrument panel

noun
1.
Also called instrument board. a panel on which are mounted an array of dials, lights, and gauges that monitor the performance of a machine or device, as an airplane.
2.
Automotive. dashboard (def 1).
Origin of instrument panel
1930-1935
First recorded in 1930-35
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  • An interior siren-call was on the instrument panel near him.

  • I asked to look, but he said not yet; the instrument panel is Top Secret.

    The Dope on Mars John Michael Sharkey
  • Professor Schultz wasted no time, he pointed to the instrument panel.

    Test Rocket! Jack Douglas
  • Arno's head appeared in the circle of light from the instrument panel.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • I could see him shake his head in the dim light from the instrument panel.

    The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman
  • He made his way to the instrument panel and looked at it glumly.

    Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace
  • Jordan leaned forward in his seat and looked at the instrument panel.

    Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace
  • He turned to the instrument panel and the great control board.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • He reached over and flipped a bank of switches on the instrument panel.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
  • An interior siren call was on the instrument panel near him.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for instrument panel

instrument panel

noun
1.
a panel on which instruments are mounted, as on a car See also dashboard
2.
an array of instruments, gauges, etc, mounted to display the condition or performance of a machine or process
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