Definition of switchboard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈswiCHbôrd/


1An installation for the manual control of telephone connections in an office, hotel, or other large building.
Example sentences
  • The paper also quoted an unnamed American contractor who had prepared a bid to install telephone switchboards at the Qatar base.
  • Extra personnel were dispatched to the switchboard, and nonessential telephone calls were rerouted to voice mail boxes.
  • Remember when the telephone industry had switchboards and operators?
1.1 another term for helpline.
1.2An apparatus for varying connections between electric circuits in other applications.
Example sentences
  • Switchgear or switchboards can be used as the distribution and overcurrent protection for the system.
  • Sailors in HMS Argyll have been praised for their quick response when a fire was discovered in the frigate's forward electrical switchboard.

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Syllabification: switch·board

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