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[dash-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈdæʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
(in an automobile or similar vehicle) a panel beneath the front window having various gauges and accessories for the use of the driver; instrument panel.
2.
Computers.
  1. a user interface or Web page that gives a current summary, usually in graphic, easy-to-read form, of key information relating to progress and performance, especially of a business or website: Our managers use an interactive dashboard to monitor employee data. The project dashboard shows all tasks assigned to your team.
    Test scores are posted on the school dashboard.
  2. a Web page or portal that provides links to key information and useful tools on a website: You can see financial reports with just one click from the dashboard.
    Use the dashboard link to add a location to your blog post.
3.
a board or panel at the front of an open carriage or the like to protect the occupants from mud or dirt cast up by the hoofs of the animals drawing the vehicle.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; dash1 + board
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British Dictionary definitions for dash board

dashboard

/ˈdæʃˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
Also called (Brit) fascia. the instrument panel in a car, boat, or aircraft Sometimes shortened to dash
2.
(obsolete) a board at the side of a carriage or boat to protect against splashing
3.
(commerce) a document presenting the most significant information about a subject on a single page
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Word Origin and History for dash board

dashboard

n.

1846, from dash (v.) + board (n.1); "board in front of a carriage to stop mud from being splashed ("dashed") into the vehicle by the horse's hoofs." Of motor vehicles, from 1904.

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