switchboard


switchboard
[[t]swɪ̱tʃbɔː(r)d[/t]]
switchboards
N-COUNT
A switchboard is a place in a large office or business where all the telephone calls are connected.

He asked to be connected to the central switchboard at London University...

The switchboard operator was the hotel owner's wife.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • switchboard — switch‧board [ˈswɪtʆbɔːd ǁ bɔːrd] noun [countable] a system used to connect telephone calls in an office building, hotel etc: • Calls must pass through the switchboard with the minimum delay. • Contact the switchboard operator to arrange an early …   Financial and business terms

  • switchboard — switch board n. 1. an elctrical apparatus consisting predominantly of a panel on which are switches or other means of completing electrical circuits; used especially for the devices used in telephone exchanges. See sense 2. [PJC] 2. (Telephone)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • switchboard — 1873, from SWITCH (Cf. switch) (n.) + BOARD (Cf. board) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • switchboard — ► NOUN 1) an installation for the manual control of telephone connections. 2) an apparatus for varying connections between electric circuits …   English terms dictionary

  • switchboard — ☆ switchboard [swichbôrd΄ ] n. a board or panel equipped with apparatus for controlling the operation of a system of electric circuits, as in a telephone exchange …   English World dictionary

  • switchboard — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ telephone VERB + SWITCHBOARD ▪ call, ring (BrE) ▪ flood, jam ▪ The switchboard was jammed with f …   Collocations dictionary

  • switchboard — n. at a switchboard (to work at a switchboard) * * * [ swɪtʃbɔːd] at a switchboard (to work at a switchboard) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • switchboard — noun (C) a central system used to connect telephone calls in an office building, hotel etc, or the people who operate the system: Hello switchboard? Can I have an outside line? | switchboard operators | jam the switchboard (=make too many calls… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Switchboard — The term switchboard, when used by itself, may refer to:*Telephone switchboard *Electric switchboard *Printed circuit board *In computing, Switch board (framework) …   Wikipedia

  • switchboard — switch|board [ˈswıtʃbo:d US bo:rd] n a system used to connect telephone calls in an office building, hotel etc, or the people who operate the system ▪ switchboard operators ▪ Hundreds of callers jammed the switchboard trying to win the tickets… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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