Definition of panel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpan(ə)l/


1A flat or curved component, typically rectangular, that forms or is set into the surface of a door, wall, or ceiling: a layer of insulating material should be placed between the panels and the wall
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  • More than 470 glass wall and door panels, some curved, will divide and connect spaces in a new and unique way.
  • Painting was done on manuscripts, walls, wood panels, glass, and tiles.
  • She recently replaced the ceiling and the walls with glass panels.
1.1A thin piece of metal forming part of the outer shell of a vehicle: body panels for the car trade
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  • The black lower body panels and roofline disguise the high beltline and make the car look shorter and sleeker than it really is.
  • And, arguably, plastics is the choice for body panels on specialty vehicles.
  • The material, which is used to make everything from boat hulls to bathtubs, is a perfect application for automotive outer panels, he says.
1.2A piece of material forming part of a garment: the dress has a panel of lace over the bodice
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  • It was made of the whitest silky material, with panels of lace on the bodice and right round the full skirt.
  • Even the string bikini is striking with its stitched and pleated color-block panels.
  • Glimpses of stretch ruching feature in panels on dresses, particularly waistlines.
1.3A decorated area within a larger design containing a separate subject: the central panel depicts the Crucifixion
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  • The central panel of this intact triptych altarpiece depicts the Mystic Marriage of St Catherine, together with other saints, flanked by donors.
  • Van Eyck's extant single-panel portraits are all decorated on the reverse, whereas the central panels of his surviving triptychs are not.
  • Ironically enough, debate continues over the division of labor and the artist responsible for the design of the central panel.
1.4One of several drawings making up a cartoon strip: the cartoon strip has four panels
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  • I began to dislike doing daily cartoons: four panels and a joke.
  • She has blown up some of the individual drawings and panels from the book, taking them out of context, yet most of the pages themselves are miniaturised so you can barely see them.
  • These works resemble what you would get if you had a comic-strip panel or cartoon as your vehicle for getting to your ideal.
2A flat board on which instruments or controls are fixed: a control panel
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  • Control panels and instruments in the cabin have been arranged so well and neatly that they surround the driver.
  • Sparks flashed from the control panels as the instruments scrambled to adjust to the power surge.
  • This became vitally important during World War II in designing all kinds of instrument and control panels.
console, instrument panel, fascia, board, dashboard;
instruments, controls, dials
3A small group of people brought together to investigate or decide on a particular matter: an interview panel
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  • Well, the president actually visited four of the eight panels.
  • I'm hosting four panels which I'll be reminding you about here, ad nauseam.
  • Robyn went to four of the discussion panels, and summarised them here most comprehensively.
group, advisory group, team, body, committee, jury, council, board, commission
3.1British A list of medical practitioners registered in a district as accepting patients under the National Health Service or, formerly, the National Insurance Act.
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  • The National Insurance Act of 1911 gave, for the first time, entitlement to free access to a general practitioner working on the doctor's panel.
  • Panel patients frequently queued at a back door to enter a cramped, barely furnished surgery, there to wait their turn for the doctor during fixed surgery hours.
3.2chiefly North American A list of available jurors or a jury.
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  • The randomness of the jury which s.80 of the Constitution contemplates is randomness at the point of creation of the panel of jurors from whom the ultimate jury is chosen.
  • Part of the process of assembling juries involves removing from the panel of jurors those persons who have a close connection with the legal system by virtue of their employment.
  • We do not have the luxury of the system, which can provide instant access to litigants, in terms of courtrooms, judges and jury panels.
4 Scots Law A person or people charged with an offence.

verb (panels, panelling, panelled; US panels, paneling, paneled)

[with object] (usually as adjective panelled)
Cover (a wall or other surface) with panels: panelled rooms
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  • Today, the club has panelled walls, with one covered in bright yellow posters advertising past and recent acts.
  • The servery and furniture have been upgraded and the walls are now panelled.
  • The walls were panelled with the same oak, and the seats cushioned with soft red leather.


Middle English: from Old French, literally 'piece of cloth', based on Latin pannus '(piece of) cloth'. The early sense 'piece of parchment' was extended to mean 'list', whence the notion 'advisory group'. sense 1 of the noun derives from the late Middle English sense 'distinct section of a surface'.

Words that rhyme with panel

annal, channel, flannel, impanel, multichannel

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