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1 sheet that forms a distinct (usually flat) section or component of something
2 a committee appointed to judge a competition [syn: jury]
3 (law) a group of people summoned for jury service (from whom a jury will be chosen) [syn: venire]
4 a group of people gathered for a special purpose as to plan or discuss an issue or judge a contest etc
5 a pad placed under a saddle
6 (computer science) a small temporary window in a graphical user interface that appears in order to request information from the user; after the information has been provided the user dismisses the box with `okay' or `cancel' [syn: dialog box]
7 electrical device consisting of an insulated panel containing switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices; "he checked the instrument panel"; "suddenly the board lit up like a Christmas tree" [syn: control panel, instrument panel, control board, board]


1 decorate with panels; "panel the walls with wood"
2 select from a list; "empanel prospective jurors" [syn: empanel, impanel] [also: panelling, panelled]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /pænəɫ/


From panel, from pannus.


  1. A (usually) rectangular section of a surface, or of a covering or of a wall, fence etc.
    Behind the picture was a panel on the wall
  2. A group of people gathered to judge, interview, discuss etc. as on a television or radio broadcast for example.
    Today's panel includes John Smith...


rectangular section of a surface
group of people gathered to judge, interview, discuss etc


to panel (panelled, panelling; US paneled, paneling)
  1. to fit with panels



  1. panel

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Panel can refer to:
  • A committee or jury used to decide some matter. In a legal context it may refer to a subset of a full set of appeal court judges, in contrast to an En banc hearing, which involves them all.In accident investigations, a full investigation may involve sub-panels with expertise in differing areas, in the aircraft context perhaps covering avionics, structures, engines and so on.
  • Control panel (engineering), a flat area containing controls and indicators. Commonly found in aircraft but may be associated with the operation of any machinery
  • Panel painting, in art, either one element of a multi-element piece of art, such as a triptych, a piece of sequential art such as a graphic novel or comic strip, or a wooden panel used to paint a picture on
  • breaker panel, a flat area containing electrical circuit breakers
  • panel data, a longitudinal statistical study in which one group of individuals are interviewed at intervals over a given period of time
  • Panel (comics), a single image in a comic book, comic strip or cartoon; also, a comic strip containing one such image
  • A flat or sculptured area that is part of a larger structure such as a piece of furniture or one element of a multi-panel screen.
  • Panel (computer software), a widget or a control panel
  • Panel Switch, a type of electromechanical telephone switching system developed by the Bell System in the 1920s
  • Structural insulated panel, a building system for construction
  • The Panel, an Australian talk show
  • The Panel (Ireland), an Irish talk show
  • A committee in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong specialises on specific areas, known elsewhere as select committee or standing committee
panel in German: Panel
panel in Spanish: Panel
panel in Norwegian: Panel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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