dash·​board | \ˈdash-ˌbȯrd \

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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Catalyst 9000 also comes with new software used to manage the systems, called DNA Center, which provides a kind of digital dashboard for all the devices connected to a corporate network. New York Times, "Cisco Chief Executive’s New Mantra: Simplify Computer Networks," 10 July 2018 The interior features a utilitarian, but design with seating for four and a large infotainment system display on top of the dashboard. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Suzuki Samurai successor revealed, but don't get too excited," 18 June 2018 Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and creator of the Hamilton 68 dashboard, said it was never intended to be a representative sample of tweets. Anchorage Daily News, "Top Democrats warn of ‘ongoing attack by the Russian government’ amid push to publish classified GOP memo," 24 Jan. 2018 The social media dashboard Tweetdeck makes a big difference. Hanna Ingber, New York Times, "Twitter, Facebook, Slack: Using Every Tool to Hear What Readers Think," 4 Apr. 2018 Once the connection is made, a dashboard screen says LATCH and the fuel flows . . Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 Atmosphere was not factored in — if a burger is great enough, a dashboard is every bit as good as a table, right? Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 Not even if the phone is attached to a dashboard mount. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 The dashboard might also list past earnings, show ratings and suggest new skills. The Economist, "What if people were paid for their data?," 7 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of dashboard

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

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