[swich-bawrd, -bohrd]

noun Electricity.

a structural unit on which are mounted switches and instruments necessary to complete telephone circuits manually.
Also called lightboard. a panel of switches, dimmers, etc., for controlling the lighting on a stage or in an auditorium.

Nearby words

  1. switch-hitter,
  2. switch-off,
  3. switch-on,
  4. switchback,
  5. switchblade,
  6. switched-on,
  7. switched-star,
  8. switcheroo,
  9. switchgear,
  10. switchgirl

Origin of switchboard

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; switch + board

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British Dictionary definitions for switchboard



an installation in a telephone exchange, office, hotel, etc, at which the interconnection of telephone lines is manually controlled
an assembly of switchgear for the control of power supplies in an installation or building
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Word Origin and History for switchboard



1873, from switch (n.) + board (n.1).

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