[dash-bawrd, -bohrd]


(in an automobile or similar vehicle) a panel beneath the front window having various gauges and accessories for the use of the driver; instrument panel.
  1. a user interface or web page that gives a current summary, usually in graphic, easy-to-read form, of key information relating to progress and performance, especially of a business or website: Our managers use an interactive dashboard to monitor employee data. The project dashboard shows all tasks assigned to your team. Test scores are posted on the school dashboard.
  2. a web page or portal that provides links to key information and useful tools on a website: You can see financial reports with just one click from the dashboard. Use the dashboard link to add a location to your blog post.
a board or panel at the front of an open carriage or the like to protect the occupants from mud or dirt cast up by the hoofs of the animals drawing the vehicle.

Origin of dashboard

First recorded in 1840–50; dash1 + board
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Examples from the Web for dashboard

Contemporary Examples of dashboard

Historical Examples of dashboard

  • He hauled the microphone from its cubby in the dashboard and spoke the code words.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall

  • It eddied through the sulky between the dashboard and the curtained sides.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The dolls were arranged in a row against the back of the dashboard.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The reins he had tucked between the edge of the dashboard and the whip socket.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She lifted the foot, and rested it on the dashboard, bending and twisting it.

British Dictionary definitions for dashboard



Also called (Brit): fascia the instrument panel in a car, boat, or aircraftSometimes shortened to: dash
obsolete a board at the side of a carriage or boat to protect against splashing
commerce a document presenting the most significant information about a subject on a single page
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Word Origin and History for dashboard

1846, from dash (v.) + board (n.1); "board in front of a carriage to stop mud from being splashed ("dashed") into the vehicle by the horse's hoofs." Of motor vehicles, from 1904.

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