panel

noun
pan·​el | \ˈpa-nᵊl \

Definition of panel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a schedule containing names of persons summoned as jurors

(2) : the group of persons so summoned summoned a panel of 40 citizens for jury duty

(3) : jury sense 1 The 12-person panel arrived at a guilty verdict.

b(1) : a group of persons selected for some service (such as investigation or arbitration) a panel of experts a government advisory panel

(2) : a group of persons who discuss before an audience a topic of public interest The panel agreed to accept questions following the discussion. 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 The quiz show included a panel of three players.

2 : a separate or distinct part of a surface: such 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 (such as plywood or precast masonry) made to form part of a surface

c : a vertical section of fabric (such as a gore)

d : comic strip also : a frame of a comic strip The comic strip was composed of four panels.

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

4a : a section of a switchboard (as for circuit breakers or for a telephone exchange) … he entered the basement to work on the electrical panel and circuits …— Thomas J. Nardi

b : a usually vertical mount for controls or dials (as of instruments of measurement) Most microwave ovens have a control panel with numbers from 0 to 9.

panel

verb
paneled or panelled; paneling or panelling

Definition of panel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish or decorate with panels paneled the living room

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Examples of panel in a Sentence

Noun

The university is hosting a panel on free speech. Tonight's show features a panel of famous chefs. Three of the members on the panel are doctors. The advisory panel has recommended that the drug be approved. A panel of judges selected the book for this year's award. The room was visible through the door's glass panel. One of the ceiling panels needs to be replaced. Each of the skirt's five panels is a different color. Sew the two panels together to form a tablecloth. Aside from a dent in one of the side panels the car is in good shape.

Verb

We paneled the living room with oak. The walls were paneled in oak.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to a panel of naval experts covered by USNI News, the service may have to choose between building up the fleet or building the next-generation missile sub. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Facing a Choice: Nukes or Ships?," 28 Nov. 2018 When given to mice intravenously a day before the mice were infected with flu, the fusion antibodies were protective against a panel of 60 different flu viruses. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Llama “nanobodies” might grant universal flu protection," 5 Nov. 2018 Gigi’s colorblock pants were quite the statement makers, with panels of black, bright white, and metallic gold making up the high-waisted silhouette. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore a Sheer Top and Jeans to Bella Hadid's Birthday Party," 10 Oct. 2018 The larger of the two, the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, is lined with panels of Australian hoop pine to provide perfect acoustics. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 The lack of research on long-term outcomes, hard-to-follow regimen, and potential health hazards all alarmed the panel of experts. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Ketogenic Diets Are B.S. for Weight Loss — Here's Why," 20 July 2018 Ledesma received 45 percent of a weighted poll that included the USL Technical Committee, a national panel of independent media representing every USL market and an online fan vote held at USLSoccer.com. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati's Emmanuel Ledesma named USL Player of the Month for June," 12 July 2018 Two of the professors, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter, were on the front row as a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard the arguments. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Appeals court hears UT professors' challenge to Texas campus carry law," 11 July 2018 Kavanaugh's decision for a three-judge panel of the court was overturned in January by the full D.C. Circuit. Ann E. Marimow, chicagotribune.com, "5 things to know about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dubai passed new fire safety rules last year requiring that quick-burning side paneling on buildings be replaced with more fire-resistant cladding. Kamran Jebreili, The Seattle Times, "High-rise tower in Dubai catches fire; no injuries reported," 22 Apr. 2018 Found on the main level are a living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a wine-wall display, a double-island kitchen and a wood-paneled office. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "NBA’s Moe Harkless signs on the line for fresh Sherman Oaks home," 27 June 2018 With the offseason rapidly approaching, and LeBron's third free-agent decision on the way, The Crossover paneled its writers to examine which team presents James's best option this summer. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "What's LeBron's Best Option This Summer? Debating 10 Teams and One Crazy Idea," 5 June 2018 Managing Director Jaimie Mayer watched as her guests arrived at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, a historic, lush and wood-paneled event space 15 floors above downtown San Francisco. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Magic presents inaugural Sam Shepard awards at gala," 10 Mar. 2018 Although the murals remained, the intricate work that covered the walls around them was secreted behind 1960s paneling nailed up in a fit of midcentury modernization. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "What’s behind ’60s-era paneling at El Korah Shrine? A ballroom’s worth of ’20s art.," 12 July 2018 The telltale signs of the client's profession: Oak beamed ceilings, paneling, stair railings and carved balusters throughout the 14,335-square-foot house. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Portland's most expensive house for sale is surprising (photos)," 3 June 2018 At the Columbia Room, a wood-panelled bar with leather chairs, mixologists conjure $16 concoctions of scotch, blackberry shrub and porcini mushrooms. The Economist, "In praise of gentrification," 21 June 2018 Flooring is linoleum, and walls are either brick or paneled. Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Sandy's aims to be your home away from home," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of panel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for panel

Noun

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

Verb

see panel entry 1

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panel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of panel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

panel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of panel (Entry 2 of 2)

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

panel

noun
pan·​el | \ˈpa-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of panel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually rectangular section of something (as a door or a wall)

2 : a piece of material (as plywood) made to form part of a surface (as of a wall)

3 : a board into which instruments or controls are set

4 : a group of people appointed for some service a jury panel

5 : a group of people taking part in a discussion or answering questions for an audience

panel

verb
paneled or panelled; paneling or panelling

Kids Definition of panel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover or decorate with sections of material (as wood) panel a wall

panel

noun
pan·​el | \ˈpan-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of panel 

: a list or group of persons selected for some service: as

a : a list of physicians from among whom a patient may make a choice in accordance with various British health and insurance plans

b : the patients cared for by a doctor under such a plan

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panel

noun
pan·​el

Legal Definition of panel 

1 : a group of community members summoned for jury service

2 : a group of usually three judges among the judges sitting on an appellate court who hear a particular appeal — compare full court

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