1 a flat section of a wall, door, etc.
2 any distinct section or component of something formed from a sheet of material, esp. of a car body, the spine of a book, etc.
3 a piece of material inserted in a skirt, dress, etc.
a a group of persons selected to act as a team in a quiz, to judge a contest, to discuss a topic before an audience, etc.
b (as modifier)
a panel game
5 a public discussion by such a group
a panel on public health
a a list of persons summoned for jury service
b the persons on a specific jury
7 (Scots law) a person indicted or accused of crime after appearing in court
a a thin board used as a surface or backing for an oil painting
b a painting done on such a surface
9 any picture with a length much greater than its breadth
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11 (formerly, in Britain)
a a list of patients insured under the National Health Insurance Scheme
b a list of medical practitioners within a given area available for consultation by these patients
on the panel (Brit)
informal receiving sickness benefit, esp. from the government
vb , -els, -elling, -elled
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13 to furnish or decorate with panels
b (in Scotland) to bring (a person) to trial; indict (C13: from Old French: portion, from pan piece of cloth, from Latin pannus; see pane1)
n (Social welfare) (in Britain) a committee appointed by an adoption agency, such as a local authority, to make recommendations concerning the suitability of prospective adoption cases
n (in Scotland) a group of representatives of relevant agencies, with the power to deal with a child under sixteen who is in criminal or family trouble. Its hearings are private and replace most of the functions of juvenile courts
instrument panel , board
1 a panel on which instruments are mounted, as on a car
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2 an array of instruments, gauges, etc., mounted to display the condition or performance of a machine
n a panel simulating the geographical layout of a television studio, railway points system, traffic interchange, etc., in which small indicator lamps display the selected state of the lighting circuits, signalling, traffic lights, etc.
n a person who beats out the bodywork of motor vehicles
n a system of space heating with panels that contain heating pipes or electrical conductors
n a light slender nail with a narrow head
n a saw with a long narrow blade for cutting thin wood
n the U.S. and Canadian name for →
1 (Austral) a small van with two rear doors, esp. one having windows and seats in the rear
2 (N.Z.) a small enclosed delivery van
n a panel exposed to radiation of heat from the sun, used to heat water or, when mounted with solar cells, to produce electricity direct, esp. for powering instruments in satellites