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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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 Parents can turn that option off in Amazon’s FreeTime dashboard. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Your kids will soon be able to listen to Spotify through their Echo Dot Kids Edition," 29 June 2018 Oily residue from pepper spray coated the dashboard. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "For many in Anchorage, getting a stolen car back means cleaning up a grotesque mess left behind," 29 June 2018 The dashboard also displays summary information characterizing a journal’s citations by type of article. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Firm that tallies controversial journal impact scores moves to provide more context," 27 June 2018 The current dashboard system is outdated and needs to be replaced. Glenn E. Rice, Bill Turque And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Kansas City Police Department inches toward equipping officers with body cameras," 26 June 2018 In the test, the passenger crash dummy's head in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee hits the dashboard through the airbag. CBS News, "Latest crash tests reveal safety concerns for Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee," 12 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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