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

Great panel guys and up next, Giuliani on all of this. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Strzok's defense is ridiculous, pathetic," 13 July 2018 But a conservative Court of Appeals panel could rogue and decide to disobey Roe and Casey. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "America under Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Into boxing, celebrity panels or the gospel showcase? Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know about Black Expo 2018," 11 July 2018 The exhibit features a series of panels explaining the history of this movement through text, photos, and video. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Soviet Jew Movement Exhibit Comes To Mandell JCC," 11 July 2018 The lot number can be found on each bottle's information panel below the product SKU number (70552 for the 8.5-ounce bottles, 700561 for the smaller bottles). David J. Neal, miamiherald, "The company discovered disease-causing bacteria in its baby wash. That's a problem," 10 July 2018 Investigators believe the blaze began in an electrical panel, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "‘He was totally engulfed in flames’: Witnesses recount blaze that injured two Everett firefighters," 14 July 2018 The Ariel has a mostly mesh back-panel fabric that extends into the hipbelt. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 The landlord called the Animal Control unit for the city, where workers found the tan dog under a panel and buried under a mound of debris. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Emaciated puppy found under pile of trash is fighting for her life," 13 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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