dash·​board | \ ˈdash-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce dashboard (audio) \

Definition of dashboard

1 : a screen on the front of a usually horse-drawn vehicle to intercept water, mud, or snow
2 : a panel extending across the interior of a vehicle (such as an automobile) below the windshield and usually containing instruments and controls

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Homophobic hate crimes have been on the rise in London in recent years, according to the Metropolitan Police’s crime dashboard. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Lesbian Couple Assaulted on London Bus By Four Men Who Had Demanded The Women Kiss 'So They Could Enjoy Watching'," 7 June 2019 Similar in concept to HaveIBeenPwned and other like-minded services, the Firefox Monitor has now been migrated from an email alert system to a central dashboard for easier oversight. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Firefox beefs up security and privacy, blocking third-party trackers, Facebook cookies and more," 4 June 2019 The department processed 466 Freedom of Information Act requests in 2018, up from 339 in 2017, according to the dashboard. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Citing transparency efforts, Evanston police unveil crime data dashboard," 4 June 2019 Similar to the Versa, the clock face now has an option to swipe to the dashboard where users see stats like current step count, active minutes exercised, calories burned, and more. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fitbit’s Charge 3 adds a better screen, swim tracking, and smartwatch-style features," 20 Aug. 2018 Carpenter is a Bulldog through and through, attaching a sticker of the iconic Butler mascot to the dashboard of his race car, just left of the steering wheel. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Hometown hero Ed Carpenter has a race to win," 20 May 2018 In 2016 a police dashboard camera in Portland, Maine recorded footage of a huge fireball dropping from the sky. James Rogers, Fox News, "Doorbell camera captures fireball flashing through the sky in Missouri," 28 Aug. 2018 Downpours and lightning are the most likely storm effects, although an isolated storm or two could produce damaging winds or even a brief tornado. Storm dashboardApproximate arrival time for storms: West of Beltway: 7 to 10 p.m. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "A few severe storms possible this evening, especially north of the District," 27 June 2018 The door cards are more angular, too, and the dashboard itself is fairly sculpted. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Volkswagen Golf Mark 8 Is Getting a Radical Interior Redesign," 15 May 2019

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First Known Use of dashboard

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dashboard

: the part of the inside of a car, truck, etc., that is below the windshield and that has the controls on it


dash·​board | \ ˈdash-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce dashboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of dashboard

: a panel across an automobile or aircraft below the windshield usually containing dials and controls

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