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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In December 2017 a police dashboard camera captured incredible footage of a fireball streaking across the sky in New Jersey. James Rogers, Fox News, "Doorbell camera captures fireball flashing through the sky in Missouri," 28 Aug. 2018 Google has also offered Android Auto to car makers to allow users to pair their smartphones into the dashboard display. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "In Major Auto Partnership, Google’s Android System to Power Dashboard Media Display," 18 Sep. 2018 In addition to this virtual tour, Discovery’s dashboard displays, in real time, the school’s energy generation. Chris Berdik, WIRED, "Solar Panels Power New Schools—and New Ways of Learning," 6 June 2018 Dubbed Enverge, the battery-electric SUV wears svelte bodywork and sports traditional concept-car design cues such as butterfly doors, small cameras in place of exterior mirrors, and a massive digital dashboard display. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "China’s GAC Debuts EV Concept, Announces U.S. Sales in 2019," 16 Jan. 2018 Videos of the incident captured by a police helicopter and a dashboard camera do not show how the officers initiated their interactions with Crutcher, but begin with Crutcher being directed by officers. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Protesters are angry that Betty Shelby is teaching the course two years after shooting Terence Crutcher.," 28 Aug. 2018 Don't toss them on the dashboard, where they are exposed to direct sunlight (which can break down the drug), and if your pack ever feels warm to the touch, your pills got too hot. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "ALERT: Leaving Your Birth Control Pills in Your Car Could Get You Pregnant," 27 July 2018 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

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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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