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

The unfurling shape moved down the body into long split skirts with open panels at the sides, and another skirt underneath. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 The elastic panel at the lower back keeps the waist from bagging or pinching, and all those seams across the hips accommodate curves. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "Europeans Know How to Make Women's Mountain Bike Shorts," 29 June 2018 No other company in the fast-growing solar industry installed nearly as many panels on American homes. David R. Baker, SFChronicle.com, "SolarCity, once king of rooftop solar, slips into shadow," 29 June 2018 During Thursday's news conference, Jensen said SpaceX was still working an issue with a thermal panel on the Dragon spacecraft. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has flown its last Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket [Updated]," 28 June 2018 The gown had a sheer lace panel on the chest that gave a peek at Camila's one and only tattoo, a quote under her right boob. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Camila Mendes Shows off Her Boob Tattoo on the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Red Carpet," 18 June 2018 In the meantime, Hardwick will not moderate panels for ACM and BBC America at Comic-Con. refinery29.com, "Chris Hardwick's Talk Show "Will Not Air" After Sexual Abuse Allegations Surface," 16 June 2018 Chris Hardwick will no longer moderate AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con next month. Isaac Feldberg, EW.com, "Chris Hardwick dropped from Comic-Con panels over sexual assault allegations as AMC pulls Talking," 16 June 2018 And the two countries will convene a panel to decide on commercial names, trademarks and brand names. Nikolia Apostolou, USA TODAY, "Why all the furor over Macedonia name change? It goes back to Alexander the Great," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 One private room, paneled in glass, with an extraordinary verdigris marble floor, is intended for Legacy members—100 people (about a quarter of them are Americans) who have bought lifetime memberships, which can be inherited by their children. Pascal Chevallier, Vogue, "The Reinvention of Annabel’s, London’s Legendary Nightclub," 19 Mar. 2018 The sunken living room features nine-foot ceilings, crown molding, and a wall of paneling with custom bookcases on either side of a wood-burning fireplace. Karen A. Avitabile, courant.com, "Property of the week: 17 Hickory Lane, West Hartford," 11 Aug. 2017

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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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