instrument panel

See synonyms for instrument panel on
  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

First recorded in 1930–35

Words Nearby instrument panel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use instrument panel in a sentence

  • A melodious chime came from a big instrument panel built into the wall of the oval room.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade
  • A flashing of yellow light on the instrument panel brought his thanks to a sudden halt.

    The Finding of Haldgren | Charles Willard Diffin
  • Note how much current is indicated on the ammeter mounted on the instrument panel of the car as the different lamps are turned on.

British Dictionary definitions for instrument panel

instrument panel

  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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