panel

noun
pan·​el | \ ˈpa-nᵊl How to pronounce panel (audio) \

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

The announcement was made not long before the Duchess appeared on a panel for International Women's Day, which was organized by the Trust. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Named Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust," 8 Mar. 2019 Both Harry and Meghan are well-versed in the stories of each nominee at the awards ceremony, having spent a day last month deliberating over the winners as part of the Endeavour Awards judging panel. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan Share Baby Joy at Event Close to Harry's Heart," 8 Feb. 2019 This reduces the amount of photovoltaic material required per square meter of panel. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Transparent solar cell turns edge on and generates its own light," 12 Dec. 2018 The model was so vast that design of the panels had to account for the curvature of the earth. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 The inclusion of virtual tokens -- along with traditional crimes like money laundering and investment schemes targeting the elderly -- as a focus of a panel announced Wednesday is the latest sign of Washington’s concern over digital currencies. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Senate rebuke of Trump tariffs won't actually change anything," 12 July 2018 The plea agreement also calls for five days of community service and serving on a victim impact panel. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "FBI agent pleads guilty to Chesterton drunken-driving charge," 12 July 2018 Last week, Madden got real with students at SCADstyle -- a series of panels and discussions where fashion industry folks talk about their career learnings at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "If Anyone Knows 90s Fashion, It’s Steve Madden," 19 Apr. 2019 Before the meetings of the policy-setting panels of the IMF and World Bank, finance ministers and central bank presidents of the Group of 20 major economies held discussions Thursday and Friday. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Finance officials pledge cooperation, but tensions persist," 14 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Despite its rapid construction, the house includes some thoughtful details like a wood paneled roof with built-in LED strips and recessed alcoves that create lovely little nooks for pieces of furniture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern prefab house was constructed in a month," 28 Aug. 2018 Odilia floral-print panelled midi dress Brock Collection matchesfashion.com $834.00 Shop It For more celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Floral Brock Collection Dress is Such a Different Look for the Duchess," 18 Dec. 2018 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

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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 and Verb

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

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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
US : 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 How to pronounce panel (audio) \

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 How to pronounce panel (audio) \

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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