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 judge in Monmouth County, Troiano, was scolded by the appellate court, according to the panel’s decision. Luis Ferré-sadurní, BostonGlobe.com, "Teenager accused of rape deserves leniency because he’s from ‘good family,’ judge says," 3 July 2019 The judge in Monmouth County, Mr. Troiano, was scolded by the appellate court, according to the panel’s decision. Luis Ferré-sadurní, New York Times, "Teenager Accused of Rape Deserves Leniency Because He’s From a ‘Good Family,’ Judge Says," 2 July 2019 To create it, photographer Nick Brandt took the image in Kenya, blew it up to life-size and glued it to a panel. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Sonoma exhibition shows desecration of Africa as people crowd out animals," 2 July 2019 Here’s what’s next: The U.S. Supreme Court will likely soon send the Ohio gerrymandering case, now under appeal, back to a three-judge federal panel. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Supreme Court leaves Ohio vulnerable to future gerrymandering, even after voter-approved reform," 27 June 2019 There ought to be a better way, perhaps with a rapid escalation process from frontline content reviewers to a more discerning panel of experts? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Mark Zuckerberg's Not Apologizing For That Fake Nancy Pelosi Video—Data Sheet," 27 June 2019 This fall, the pair will reunite on the NBC singing series, as Stefani returns to the panel in place of Adam Levine, who announced his departure from the show last month. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Blake Shelton Talks Marriage Plans with Gwen Stefani: 'We've Never Been Doing Better'," 24 June 2019 Then, on this closing ceremony day, each team presented their model to a panel of four judges, mimicking a Shark Tank atmosphere. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Live It Out camp closes out third year of ‘teens helping teens’," 21 June 2019 Parents could appeal to an independent panel of doctors. Washington Post, "California Assembly committee backs vaccine exemption law," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Following Lautner’s practice of using mahogany to add warmth to his modernist structures, Arahuete strategically paneled many of the walls with the reddish-brown wood. Tina Daunt, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status," 8 June 2019 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

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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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