Definition of switchboard in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈswɪtʃbɔːd


  • 1An installation for the manual control of telephone connections in an office, hotel, or other large building.
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    • 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?
  • 2An apparatus for varying connections between electric circuits in other applications.
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    • 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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