What does panel mean?

Definitions for panel
ˈpæn lpan·el

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word panel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. panelnoun

    sheet that forms a distinct (usually flat and rectangular) section or component of something

  2. jury, panelnoun

    a committee appointed to judge a competition

  3. panel, venirenoun

    (law) a group of people summoned for jury service (from whom a jury will be chosen)

  4. panelnoun

    a group of people gathered for a special purpose as to plan or discuss an issue or judge a contest etc

  5. panelnoun

    a soft pad placed under a saddle

  6. gore, panelnoun

    a piece of cloth that is generally triangular or tapering; used in making garments or umbrellas or sails

  7. dialog box, panelnoun

    (computer science) a small temporary window in a graphical user interface that appears in order to request information from the user; after the information has been provided the user dismisses the box with `okay' or `cancel'

  8. control panel, instrument panel, control board, board, panelverb

    electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices

    "he checked the instrument panel"; "suddenly the board lit up like a Christmas tree"

  9. panelverb

    decorate with panels

    "panel the walls with wood"

  10. empanel, impanel, panelverb

    select from a list

    "empanel prospective jurors"


  1. Panelnoun

    Hence: Any group of persons selected to judge a contest, conduct a discussion, serve as advisers, or participate in any group activity in which they will provide information or make judgments.


  1. panelnoun

    A (usually) rectangular section of a surface, or of a covering or of a wall, fence etc.

    Behind the picture was a panel on the wall

  2. panelnoun

    A group of people gathered to judge, interview, discuss etc. as on a television or radio broadcast for example.

    Today's panel includes John Smith...

  3. panelnoun

    In the comics medium, individual frame or drawing in a multiple-panel sequence

  4. panelverb

    to fit with panels

  5. Etymology: From panel, from pannus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Panelnoun

    Etymology: panellum, law Latin; pancau, French.

    The chariot was all of cedar, save that the fore end had panels of sapphires, set in borders of gold. Francis Bacon.

    Maximilian, his whole history is digested into twenty-four square panels of sculpture in bas relief. Joseph Addison, Italy.

    This fellow will join you together as they join wainscot; then one of you will prove a shrunk panel, and, like green timber, warp. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    A bungler thus, who scarce the nail can hit,
    With driving wrong will make the panel split. Jonathan Swift.

    He gave the panel to the maid. Matthew Prior.

    John Cowell.

    Then twelve of such as are indifferent, and are returned upon the principal panel, or the tales, are sworn to try the same, according to evidence. Matthew Hale, Hist. of England.


  1. panel

    A panel refers to a distinct group of individuals gathered for a specific purpose, such as discussion, assessment, judgment, or advice. It could also refer to a flat or curved component, typically rectangular, forming or set into the surface of a door, wall, or ceiling. In the context of technology, a panel can be a particular section of a software interface containing control elements like buttons, list boxes, etc. The term's actual definition depends on its specific context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Panelnoun

    a sunken compartment with raised margins, molded or otherwise, as in ceilings, wainscotings, etc

  2. Panelnoun

    a piece of parchment or a schedule, containing the names of persons summoned as jurors by the sheriff; hence, more generally, the whole jury

  3. Panelnoun

    a prisoner arraigned for trial at the bar of a criminal court

  4. Panelnoun

    formerly, a piece of cloth serving as a saddle; hence, a soft pad beneath a saddletree to prevent chafing

  5. Panelnoun

    a board having its edges inserted in the groove of a surrounding frame; as, the panel of a door

  6. Panelnoun

    one of the faces of a hewn stone

  7. Panelnoun

    a slab or plank of wood upon which, instead of canvas, a picture is painted

  8. Panelnoun

    a heap of dressed ore

  9. Panelnoun

    one of the districts divided by pillars of extra size, into which a mine is laid off in one system of extracting coal

  10. Panelnoun

    a plain strip or band, as of velvet or plush, placed at intervals lengthwise on the skirt of a dress, for ornament

  11. Panelnoun

    a portion of a framed structure between adjacent posts or struts, as in a bridge truss

  12. Panelverb

    to form in or with panels; as, to panel a wainscot

  13. Etymology: [Orig., a little piece; OF. panel, pannel, F. panneau, dim. of pan skirt, lappet, part or piece of a wall, side. See 2d Pane.]


  1. Panel

    A panel is an individual frame, or single drawing, in the multiple-panel sequence of a comic strip or comic book. A panel consists of a single drawing depicting a frozen moment. Newspaper daily strips typically consist of either four panels or three panels, all of the same size. The horizontal newspaper strip can also employ only a single panel, as sometimes seen in Wiley Miller's Non Sequitur. In Asia, a vertical four-panel arrangement is common in newspapers, such as with Azumanga Daioh. In a comic book or graphic novel, the shapes of panels and the number of panels on a page may vary widely. The word panel may also refer to a cartoon consisting of a single drawing; the usage is a shortened form of "single-panel comic". In contrast to multi-panel strips, which may involve extended dialogue in speech balloons, a typical panel comic has only one spoken line, printed in a caption beneath the panel itself. Many panel comics are syndicated and published daily, on a newspaper page with other syndicated cartoons that are collectively known as comic strips. Major comic strips in panel format include The Far Side, Dennis the Menace, The Family Circus, Ziggy, Herman and Ripley's Believe It or Not. In this context, panels are contrasted with the more common comic strip format, which consists of an actual "strip" of multiple drawings that tell a story in sequence.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Panel

    pan′el, n. a rectangular piece of any material: (archit.) a flat surface with raised margins, or with a surrounding frame: a thin board on which a picture is painted: (law) a schedule containing the names of those summoned to serve as jurors: the jury: (Scots law) a prisoner at the bar: a frame for carrying a mortar: a rail in a post-and-rail fence.—v.t. to furnish with panels:—pr.p. pan′elling; pa.p. pan′elled.—Also Pann′el.—ns. Pan′el-game, the act of stealing articles by means of a sliding panel; Pan′elling, panel-work; Pan′el-pic′ture, a picture painted on a panel; Pan′el-plān′er, a machine for dressing panels and feathering their edges to fit them to the grooves in the stiles; Pan′el-saw, a saw for cutting very thin wood; Pan′el-strip, a narrow piece of wood or metal for covering a joint between two panels; Pan′el-work′ing, a method of working a coal-mine by dividing it into compartments. [O. Fr.,—Low L. pannellus—L. pannus, a rag.]

Editors Contribution

  1. panel

    A type of device and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The solar panels on the roof worked efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'panel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2956

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'panel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1655

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'panel' in Nouns Frequency: #943

Anagrams for panel »

  1. penal

  2. plane

  3. plena

  4. Nepal

  5. Alpen

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of panel in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of panel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of panel in a Sentence

  1. Secretary Jeh Johnson:

    We're unable to do some of the things that the Secret Service, independent panel has recommended for the Secret Service, we're unable to hire for upcoming presidential elections cycle. We're unable to fund new non-disaster grants to many of the people in this room in uniform. We're unable to fund state and local law enforcement with our grants as long as we are on a continuing resolution.

  2. Byron Donalds:

    Somebody needs to go and call Merrick Garland, tell him to get in here and watch the intimidation that came from this very panel today, because this is not about defending big oil, or defending big anything. It’s about defending the ability of people in our country to be free: say what they want, think what they want, spend their money how they choose. And if we are not going to be any better than the Chinese, how do we ever expect to beat them on the world stage when we’re cutting our neck when it comes to energy production while they are burning more coal, burning more oil, they’re increasing their emissions and they’re not showing up in Scotland.

  3. Comedy Central:

    The series will feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television.

  4. Mikola Mikitchik:

    We had an interactive panel, that cost us 100,000 hryvnias( $ 3,700) and they stole it. Printers and laptops were stolen. What they couldn't steal, they broke, made it unusable.

  5. Bill Clinton:

    The suggestion was that I never apologized for what caused all the trouble for me 20 years ago, first point is, I did. I meant it then, I meant it now. I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family and to the American people before a panel of ministers in the White House, which was widely reported. So I did Monica Lewinsky and her family. I meant it then and I mean it today. I live with it all the time.

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