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noun pan·el \ˈpa-nəl\

Simple Definition of panel

  • : a group of people who answer questions, give advice or opinions about something, or take part in a discussion for an audience

  • : a group of people with special knowledge, skill, or experience who give advice or make decisions

  • : a group of people who are chosen to be jurors

Full Definition of panel

  1. 1 a (1) :  a schedule containing names of persons summoned as jurors (2) :  the group of persons so summoned (3) :  jury 1 b (1) :  a group of persons selected for some service (as investigation or arbitration) <a panel of experts> (2) :  a group of persons who discuss before an audience a topic of public interest; also :  panel discussion (3) :  a group of entertainers or guests engaged as players in a quiz or guessing game on a radio or television program

  2. 2 :  a separate or distinct part of a surface: as a :  a fence section :  hurdle b (1) :  a thin usually rectangular board set in a frame (as in a door) (2) :  a usually sunken or raised section of a surface set off by a margin (3) :  a flat usually rectangular piece of construction material (as plywood or precast masonry) made to form part of a surface c :  a vertical section of fabric (as a gore) d :  comic strip; also :  a frame of a comic strip

  3. 3 :  a thin flat piece of wood on which a picture is painted; also :  a painting on such a surface

  4. 4 a :  a section of a switchboard b :  a usually vertical mount for controls or dials (as of instruments of measurement)

Examples of panel

  1. The university is hosting a panel on free speech.

  2. Tonight's show features a panel of famous chefs.

  3. Three of the members on the panel are doctors.

  4. The advisory panel has recommended that the drug be approved.

  5. A panel of judges selected the book for this year's award.

  6. The room was visible through the door's glass panel.

  7. One of the ceiling panels needs to be replaced.

  8. Each of the skirt's five panels is a different color.

  9. Sew the two panels together to form a tablecloth.

  10. Aside from a dent in one of the side panels the car is in good shape.

Origin of panel

Middle English, piece of cloth, jury list on a piece of parchment, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pannellus, diminutive of Latin pannus

First Known Use: 14th century

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verb pan·el

Simple Definition of panel

  • : to cover (a wall, ceiling, etc.) with flat pieces of wood, glass, etc.

Full Definition of panel

paneled or panelledpanel·ing or panel·ling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to furnish or decorate with panels <paneled the living room>

Examples of panel

  1. We paneled the living room with oak.

  2. The walls were paneled in oak.

15th Century

First Known Use of panel

15th century

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Medical Dictionary


noun pan·el \ˈpan-əl\

Medical Definition of panel

  1. :  a list or group of persons selected for some service: asa:  a list of physicians from among whom a patient may make a choice in accordance with various British health and insurance plansb:  the patients cared for by a doctor under such a plan

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