plugboard

[pluhg-bawrd, -bohrd]

noun

Electricity. an electric switchboard with plugs for telephones and the like.
Also called control panel. Computers. a removable panel containing manually wired electrical terminals into which plugs or pins are inserted: formerly used to control operation of peripheral equipment, as a keyboard.

Origin of plugboard

First recorded in 1885–90; plug + board
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British Dictionary definitions for plugboard

plugboard

noun

another name for patch board
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