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plugboard

[pluhg-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈplʌgˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
Electricity. an electric switchboard with plugs for telephones and the like.
2.
Also called control panel. Computers. a removable panel containing manually wired electrical terminals into which plugs or pins are inserted: formerly used to control operation of peripheral equipment, as a keyboard.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; plug + board
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plugboard

/ˈplʌɡˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
another name for patch board
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