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 One day before the sides were scheduled to argue their cases before a three-person panel, Suter and the Milwaukee Brewers agreed Sunday on a two-year deal to avoid arbitration. Milwaukee, "Left-hander Brent Suter avoids arbitration with Brewers by signing two-year contract," 16 Feb. 2020 Haskell’s excitement is understandable. Flanking Rivera’s impressive 5 ft x 15 ft, three-panel painting are two original sketches which are being shown publicly in the US for the first time. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "America’s most controversial office-lobby mural has been resurrected," 14 Feb. 2020 Pfeiffer and Tedesco then named the third person to the panel, retired San Antonio district judge John Specia. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio firefighters have new contract with city after 6-year conflict," 13 Feb. 2020 More than 20,000 LEDs trace the 80-plus production panels, seemingly glowing from within. Nicolas Stecher, Billboard, "The Battle of Tamarindo: How Two Dance Music Festivals Are Vying For the Same Costa Rican Beach Town," 11 Feb. 2020 Beyond the panels, speeches and case studies, the summit will provide a place for local organizations to showcase their work and network one-on-one. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNC Milwaukee 2020 host committee leads second community summit," 11 Feb. 2020 The steel bollard panels, which are 30 feet tall, had just been anchored in concrete that was not yet cured when the gusts knocked them into neighboring trees and onto a road. Fox News, "Border wall section under construction falls over amid high winds in California," 31 Jan. 2020 On Wednesday, several panels in Mexicali, Mexico, were blown down and landed on trees. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Strong winds blow down new sections of US-Mexico border wall," 30 Jan. 2020 Six-panel Fleetwood sliding doors open to a large patio. Dallas News, "Consider family-friendly University Park," 19 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During the argument, the woman kicked the glass storm door, breaking the glass paneling before leaving the residence. cleveland, "Woman already under suspension for OVI arrested again: Bay Village Police Blotter," 14 Feb. 2020 Communal seats that encourage conversation — booths, leather benches and small bar tables — form a semi-circle around the main stage, which is backed by a mirror-panelled wall. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting intimate at the Condor," 13 Feb. 2020 Four of the prisoners shuffled through the court to Hall 7, a wood-panelled chamber with a ceiling of egg-yolk yellow. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world The prime minister and the murdered journalist: inside Malta, a nation on the brink," 13 Dec. 2019 The walls are wood paneled — like in Grandma’s house — and murals on the walls by Haylee Ryan depict sweet-looking elderly folks. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Worth the drive: Restaurant and outdoor playplace opens in Heath, near Rockwall," 30 Jan. 2020 To figure out which available star would be the best fit in purple and gold, The Crossover paneled its NBA experts and asked which third star the Lakers should target this summer. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Who Should the Lakers Target as Their Third Star?," 28 June 2019 Four of the prisoners shuffled through the court to Hall 7, a wood-panelled chamber with a ceiling of egg-yolk yellow. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world The prime minister and the murdered journalist: inside Malta, a nation on the brink," 13 Dec. 2019 Four of the prisoners shuffled through the court to Hall 7, a wood-panelled chamber with a ceiling of egg-yolk yellow. Alexander Clapp, 1843, "The prime minister and the murdered journalist: inside Malta, a nation on the brink," 11 Dec. 2019 The walls were faux-wood-paneled, the floors a combination of linoleum, wood, and carpeting, the ceiling faux copper. Carol Vogel, Town & Country, "The Rise and Rise of Mickalene Thomas," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for panel

Time Traveler

The first known use of panel was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Panel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/panelled. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for panel

panel

noun
How to pronounce panel (audio)

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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