control panel

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One of the control panels from the Kennedy Space Center during the Apollo era (1970s).
A home alarm system control panel
A graphical control panel (2)


  • IPA(key): /kənˈt(ʃ)ɹoʊl ˈpæn.l̩/


control panel (plural control panels)

  1. A flat, usually vertical surface onto which controls, instruments, and displays are mounted.
    Synonym: instrument panel
    • 1962 October, “Talking of Trains: New signalbox at Twyford”, in Modern Railways, page 227:
      The new signalling controls 40 track miles; 31 multiple-aspect signals are operated by the new control panels and a further 31 signals are automatic.
  2. (by extension, graphical user interface) A computer display offering a number of controls or options.


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