switch·​board | \ ˈswich-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce switchboard (audio) \

Definition of switchboard

: an apparatus (as in a telephone exchange) consisting of a panel on which are mounted electric switches so arranged that a number of circuits may be connected, combined, and controlled

Examples of switchboard in a Sentence

She used to work as a switchboard operator.
Recent Examples on the Web The Silicon Valley company, with twin headquarters in San Francisco and San Jose, sells technology that links a company’s business apps together in one place—much like a central switchboard of digital enterprise tools. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Enterprise Tech Efforts Move Beyond Survival Mode," 23 Sep. 2020 Agora, a global publishing company headquartered in Baltimore, has several subsidiary companies, including Stanberry’s, and at the time all calls routed through a main switchboard. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Rey Rivera’s friend, former employer pushes back on Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries'," 5 Aug. 2020 Allison Rivera has said the call came from the switchboard of Agora Publishing, and the specific caller could not be determined. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Rey Rivera’s friend, former employer pushes back on Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries'," 5 Aug. 2020 And Brooks doesn't get paid enough as a hospital switchboard operator to cover rent — recently raised to $2,075 monthly — for their two-bedroom Boston apartment. Russ Bynum, Star Tribune, "Rent's due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off," 31 July 2020 Her own experience at Keeneland dates to her high school days, and seasonal stints on the switchboard. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Keeneland a family business for Lexington racetrack's first female president," 3 July 2020 The Vast of Night team took the same obsessive approach toward more central aspects of the film, like the radio station and switchboard, too. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Vast of Night is an alien encounter film like no other," 30 May 2020 Eventually, Everett runs into Fay (Sierra McCormick), a switchboard operator and fellow audiophile. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Vast of Night Kicks Off Our Strange Summer-Movie Season," 29 May 2020 Kay worked at the Hartford Times, Copaco, and then faithfully served our nation's military for almost 30 years at the VA Hospital in Newington; first on the switchboard, and then in medical records. courant.com, "Kathleen Shoaf," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of switchboard

1873, in the meaning defined above

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3 Oct 2020

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“Switchboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchboard. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of switchboard

: a system used to connect telephone calls with many separate phone lines in a building


switch·​board | \ ˈswich-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce switchboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of switchboard

: a panel for controlling the operation of a number of electric circuits

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