Definition of panel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpænl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpænl//
    People in radio
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  1. 1  [countable] a square or rectangular piece of wood, glass or metal that forms part of a larger surface such as a door or wall One of the glass panels in the front door was cracked. see also solar panel
  2. 2[countable] a piece of metal that forms part of the outer frame of a vehicle
  3. 3[countable] a piece of cloth that forms part of a piece of clothing The trousers have double thickness knee panels for extra protection.
  4. 4  [countable + singular or plural verb] a group of specialists who give their advice or opinion about something; a group of people who discuss topics of interest on television or radio an advisory panel a panel of experts We have two politicians on tonight's panel. a panel discussion See related entries: People in radio
  5. 5(also jury panel) [countable] (both especially North American English) = jury
  6. 6[countable] a flat board in a vehicle or on a piece of machinery where the controls and instruments are fixed an instrument panel a control/display panel
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, literally ‘piece of cloth’, based on Latin pannus ‘(piece of) cloth’. The early sense ‘piece of parchment’ was extended to mean ‘list’, which led to the sense ‘advisory group’. Senses (1) to (3) come from the late Middle English sense ‘distinct section of a surface’.Extra examples A rear body panel needed replacing after the accident. A red light flashed on the control panel. He joins our panel of journalists. He works as a panel beater in a local garage. Raphael will head a panel to discuss the topic. The central panel depicts St George. The comedian will chair a new TV panel game. The head of department serves on the advisory panel. The panel concluded that there was no scientific basis for the claim. The panel consists of ten attorneys. The panel ruled that the men must remain in prison. The panel voted unanimously for its approval. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges. We asked a panel of experts to review the products. a distinguished panel of academics a panel of scientists drawn from universities an independent panel on takeovers and mergers A distinguished panel of speakers considered the role of global corporations. The decision of the judging panel is final. The designs will be judged by a panel of experts. The interview panel wants to find out as much as possible about each candidate’s abilities.
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