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switchboard

[swich-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈswɪtʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun, Electricity
1.
a structural unit on which are mounted switches and instruments necessary to complete telephone circuits manually.
2.
Also called lightboard. a panel of switches, dimmers, etc., for controlling the lighting on a stage or in an auditorium.
Origin of switchboard
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; switch + board
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  • I called the hotel, and the switchboard operator thought I was stringing her.

    Sunny Boy in the Big City Ramy Allison White
  • The bomb probably was electrical and undoubtedly had been fused like the switchboard.

    The Whispering Spheres Russell Robert Winterbotham
  • The switchboard went up, and the pressure gauge, and the wiring for the power-house light.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • Jill remained where she was, leaning with one hand against the switchboard.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • From the switchboard it is allowed to pass through the various street mains, from which it is finally led to lamps, motors, etc.

    Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
  • He reached the switchboard and pulled one of the little levers.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • A girl at the switchboard appeared on his screen, and gave place to Paula Quinton, who had been up for the past two hours.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • There was a small thing which looked like the switchboard of a telegraph office.

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
  • The switchboard is in the center of the pilot house so the stairways are on each side of the engines.

    Boy Scouts in Southern Waters G. Harvey Ralphson
  • He telephoned twice, vouchsafed the girl at the switchboard.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for switchboard

switchboard

/ˈswɪtʃˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
an installation in a telephone exchange, office, hotel, etc, at which the interconnection of telephone lines is manually controlled
2.
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
n.

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

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