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The dashboard of a modern minibus (right-hand drive).
Carriage dashboard


From dash (to sprinkle; to splatter) +‎ board for meaning 1. Possibly expanded meaning later.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdæʃˌbɔː(ɹ)d/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdæʃˌboəɹd/, /ˈdæʃˌbɔːɹd/


dashboard (plural dashboards)

  1. (historical) An upturned screen of wood or leather placed on the front of a horse-drawn carriage, sleigh or other vehicle that protected the driver from mud, debris, water and snow thrown up by the horse's hooves.
  2. A panel beneath the windshield of a vehicle or aircraft containing indicator gauges, compartments, and sometimes controls and indicator lights.
    • 1977, Jim Steinman (lyrics and music), “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, in Bat Out of Hell, performed by Meat Loaf:
      Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night / I can see paradise by the dashboard light
  3. (nautical) The float of a paddle wheel.
  4. (graphical user interface, video games) A graphical user interface in the form of or resembling a motor car dashboard.
    Log in to the dashboard to change your account settings.
  5. (Internet) The personalized feed of a Tumblr user, consisting of recent posts by blogs they follow.
    • 2012, "Grace", quoted in Jennifer Obee, Social Networking: The Ultimate Teen Guide, page 110:
      It's so addictive, I all too often find myself just scrolling down my dashboard on Tumblr, finding things that other people have reblogged that appeal to me, reblogging, then continuing to scroll.
    • 2014, Cat Pausé, “Express Yourself: Fat Activism in the Web 2.0 Age”, in Ragen Chastain, editor, The Politics of Size: Perspectives from the Fat Acceptance Movement[1], page 3:
      I began following other fat-positive Tumblrs, and soon my dashboard was filled with positive representations of fatness: pictures, stories, quotes, and links to articles and blogs.
    • 2022, Barrie Shannon, Sex(uality) Education for Trans and Gender Diverse Youth in Australia[2], page 163:
      Though I rarely use it anymore, absently scrolling through my dashboard acquainted me with many new people from all around the world, and it helped me understand myself in new ways.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:dashboard.


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dashboard (third-person singular simple present dashboards, present participle dashboarding, simple past and past participle dashboarded)

  1. To organize in a dashboard format.
    Dashboarding your work can enhance productivity.


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Borrowed from English dashboard.



dashboard n (plural dashboards, diminutive dashboardje n)

  1. dashboard (instrument panel of a motor vehicle or aircraft)