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



BrE BrE//ˈswɪtʃbɔːd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪtʃbɔːrd//
Communication devices
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the central part of a telephone system used by a company, etc., where telephone calls are answered and put through (= connected) to the appropriate person or department; the people who work this equipment a switchboard operator Call the switchboard and ask for extension 410. Hundreds of fans jammed the switchboard for over an hour. The BBC switchboard was jammed with furious calls. the girl on the switchboard See related entries: Communication devices
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: switchboard