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instrument panel

noun
1.
Also called instrument board. a panel on which are mounted an array of dials, lights, and gauges that monitor the performance of a machine or device, as an airplane.
2.
Automotive. dashboard (def 1).
Origin of instrument panel
1930-1935
1930-35
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  • Just as the clock reached zero, a relay closed behind the instrument panel.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • Professor Schultz wasted no time, he pointed to the instrument panel.

    Test Rocket! Jack Douglas
  • In control they found alarm lights flashing in three places on the instrument panel.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • I could see him shake his head in the dim light from the instrument panel.

    The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman
  • Only the glow from the instrument panel showed the two men who were seated behind the wheel controls.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • He made his way to the instrument panel and looked at it glumly.

    Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace
  • Just aft of the instrument panel were two very comfortable-looking strange low seats.

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • He turned to the instrument panel and the great control board.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • Note how much current is indicated on the ammeter mounted on the instrument panel of the car as the different lamps are turned on.

  • An interior siren call was on the instrument panel near him.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for instrument panel

instrument panel

noun
1.
a panel on which instruments are mounted, as on a car See also dashboard
2.
an array of instruments, gauges, etc, mounted to display the condition or performance of a machine or process
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