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 airport panels are expected to generate 65 kilowatts of energy when the sun is shining. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Why are solar trees popping up all over? Thank thousands of South Florida families," 13 July 2018 The panel will be moderated by series guest star Tig Notaro, who will appear as chief engineer Reno. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Comic-Con 2018: Here's your Friday schedule," 6 July 2018 These panels can be found online for as little as $50. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Quieting the High-Tech Luxury Home," 28 June 2018 The panel will be moderated by Diana Tourjee, a GLAAD award-winning trans journalist, and will feature panelists Brian Michael Smith, Amiyah Scott, Jamie Clayton, and more. Melania Hidalgo, The Cut, "A Guide to the Biggest Pride Events Happening This June," 15 June 2018 The corresponding Senate panel is expected to take up its version of the bill the following week. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "House bill gives NIH a 3% boost in 2019, to $38.3 billion," 14 June 2018 The panels were mass produced using a glue spreader the young Autzen and the mill's superintendent conceived that allowed plys of softwood to bond. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Autzen mansion sells for $4 million: Plywood baron's 1927 Tudor (photos)," 13 June 2018 The Times Triple Crown panel is composed of horse racing experts, journalists and racing secretaries. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Seattle Slew is No. 3 in Triple Crown countdown; Jon White’s final Belmont rankings," 8 June 2018 So many people have gone through that the wooden panels that make up the maze are already filled with names of people and their times. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Milwaukee Maze gets 5,000 square feet larger, $5 cheaper and infinitely more beautiful," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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